There was once the pub with no beer.
In more recent times there has been the church with no prayer.
Yes, you could have your beer from a bottle at home.
And yes, you have been able to get your prayer in a cupful.
Many ministers in the Southern Highlands, of all denominations, have provided isolated church services.
Not the real deal, but as close as you could pray for.
Bowral Uniting Church minister, the Rev. Michael Earl is one such minister.
Michael has provided "worship resources" for every Sunday service.
A team effort. Prayers of the people by Michael's wife, Lucy.
There are hymns. Michael recently played the recessional song, "Down By the Riverside" over YouTube through the zoom feed.
He says: "In a sad and isolating time here's a message of hope and praise to lift us up."
The service Michael e-mailed to every parishioner over Christmas deserves national recognition.
He has maintained the faith and under the circumstances, in anybody's language, that dear people, is a miracle.