Rector Writes

From The Rector: February – March – April 2017

From The Rector: February – March – April 2017

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin. No matter how caring and loving we try to be, (and love and care is very obvious), still honestly we cannot say nor should we say that we fully understand another person’s personal journey of suffering and struggle. This does not mean we don’t try absolutely not, because we are called to bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ. The truth is this; our ultimate hope is in the only one qualified both in His knowledge and understanding of humanity and of course His perfect life. Of course we owe this to the one whom God sent into this broken and messed up world, Jesus. Listen to the powerful, encouraging and strong words from the book of Hebrews: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize without weakness, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.” Hebrews 4:15 Jesus is God’s final sacrifice. I will never understand that on the cross my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin. What a powerful truth this Easter time for all of us! Not only was Jesus willing to give up His life and bear our sin but He was the only one able to destroy the power of sin and death. It may indeed be true that we can scarcely “take it in” but what we do know is this: sin and death has been dealt its final blow and the cost was the blood of God’s own precious son. What appeared to be a defeat on Good Friday as the Lord died on the cruel cross in apparent weakness was just the beginning of a new revolution of love, vulnerability and a new way of seeing the world where the powerless are given dignity and strength. Love from the Rectory Family X “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” Isaiah 40:29...

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From The Rector: June – July – August 2016

From The Rector: June – July – August 2016

What a difference it would make if we were to genuinely and regularly surrender to the joy of generosity and I am not just speaking about financially. I love this quote by someone called Camilia E Kimball : Never Suppress a Generous Thought. Are we a big hearted and unselfish people or do we just do, trust, or carelessly expect other people to do the right and considerate thing? We do not have to be materially rich to be an imaginative, kind and loving human being. Many people have a deep hunger for love, acceptance and genuine care and if we love God as we claim to do then we have a calling and mission here and now. Our God is deeply concerned for those in the deepest need and either ask God to show us our part or we step out of the way, so we do not get in God’s way. Our Parish Development Team has been working and praying together through the themes of Mission, Generosity and Children and the result, at least in the short term, is a series of different events/activities. We hope these will capture all our imaginations. We also pray all of us will choose to be involved in whatever way we can. If you would like to support these different initiatives in any way please speak to Adam or myself. I want to also take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, challenge, wisdom, counsel, prayers and love. We all know that Social Media can be a mix of blessing and frustration but amongst others one image and quote stood out and I feel that it is worth sharing: “On the darkest days, when I feel inadequate, unloved and unworthy I remember whose daughter I am and I straighten my crown.” Unknown Be generous to yourself and to others, we need one another and have a responsibility to one another in Christ. With deep love, the Rectory family...

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From The Rector: March – April – May 2016

From The Rector: March – April – May 2016

Over the past few weeks I have listened to over 200 chapters of the bible from Genesis to the book of Joshua. Listening to David Suchet, (the actor Poirot) read has been a fantastic blessing – I love it. I love getting into the car and picking up the next part of the amazing journey with God and humanity. It is brilliant but it is challenging and particularly reading about the sacrificial system. All I can say is thank God for His precious son the Lord Jesus. Listen to the words of the book of Hebrews 5: 19ff. “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,  by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,  and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Lent, Holy week, and Easter presents us with still another window of opportunity to re-examine our priorities in this life. We are given an invitation to come and enter into a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus the living Lord. No longer, like those living in old testament times, do we need a mediator. Christ through His death and resurrection has opened the way to God who is holy. This is a lovely time of year, Easter, Spring time moving into summer time. Please make the most of this life by seeking first the kingdom of God, in other words, sorting our priorities. Blessings for a Christ centred Easter, the Rectory family....

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From The Rector: December 2015 – January & February 2016

From The Rector: December 2015 – January & February 2016

Christmas time certainly means very different things to different people. With the religious and spiritual side, people look forward to spending time with family, giving gifts, the food and drink, catching up with friends, Christmas T.V and so on. In my own family, growing up, we would have added Monopoly to the list of “traditions” and with a big family it really did get quite animated. All too often someone would debate the rules especially when one felt hard done by, i.e. Losing the game. Life itself is full of rules and regulations and without them things could and would be chaotic. We need rules in our daily life but of course some are restrictive and unnecessary and so too with faith. Christian faith is not about rules and regulations. The truth of these Christmas celebrations represents true life and peace. Christian faith is centred on the person of Christ who showed us by His life and ministry just how transformational and liberating walking with God can be. The real meaning of Christmas is Christ so perhaps all the other distractions need to take a backseat, not just this once, but always. This is not to say that the lovely traditions of Christmas are not good in themselves, but not if they stand in the way of discovering the true meaning of this season and encountering the hope of the world. It would be amazing to see you out in church during the Christmas season, putting Christ at the centre of all the celebrations. But it is not only in church that we do this, it is everything leading up to this very powerful and meaningful time of year. Surely the birth of Christ deserves much more of our attention that He gets. This year it can, and should be different. Of course Christmas will be different for many of our church family. The passage of time has brought so much change and we are mindful of all of the mixed emotions during such a beautiful, yet provocative time of year. In all of the changes of life God is present and I feel humbled and privileged to share the good times and the sad times with my church family. Wishing you a very blessed and peaceful Christmas and New Year. With Love The Rectory...

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From The Rector: September – October – November 2015

From The Rector: September – October – November 2015

“When my heart  is overwhelmed: lead me to The Rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 62:2 This is a powerful prayer is it not? I am sure there have been times in all our lives when we have felt completely overwhelmed. Life’s heartaches and struggles come in different ways and with varying intensity. Some just niggle away, others  completely take from us, strength and energy but whatever form they take they are part of the wear and tear of life… Very few people escape difficult and challenging periods in their life and the Psalmist didn’t either. The heart is described as being overwhelmed or it could say that the heart is  smothered not able to do its proper function not able to power the rest of the body. When the heart is paralysed we need led, we need guided to a safe place. Sometimes it is hard to find solid ground in the middle of all the changing situations and circumstances of life. So take these words to heart. I believe they are for us at this time – in our lives and the life of the church. This verse has been hugely significant personally and I hope and pray it will bless you too. As we move into another chapter of Parish life please  remember that you are not alone. Please know God has  provided a place of safety, a place where we are accepted, even with all our weakness and struggles. It is a place that cannot be reached without the help of others and so I offer you this powerful verse as a prayer. How can we pray? We can cry out anywhere, anytime and especially if our heart is overwhelmed, and ask God to lead us to the rock that is higher, so much higher than any of us. Please be  encouraged please put your hand into the hand of the Rock of Ages. With love from The Rectory Family...

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