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From the Rector – March 2011

In March, very late this year, the season of Lent begins. What is brought to your mind by the idea? Giving up chocolate? Music in flowerless churches getting steadily gloomier?
We know that the custom of keeping Lent as a time of simplicity and reflection stems from the period adults spent in preparation for their Baptism as part of the Easter Liturgy in the early days of the Church. In time those who were not being baptized chose to keep this period of prayer and discipline as a spiritual exercise to help them to renew their own commitment as Christians. Later still, it came to seem normal to abstain from certain foods and to simplify worship at this time of year. The abstention was reinforced by the general shortage of food in the past at the end of a long European winter! (more…)

Letter from the Bishop – Mar 2011

This year is the 400th anniversary of the publishing of the Bible in English in what we now call the King James Version. It was translated into prose and was intentionally memorable, rhythmic and easy to read. Although not the first English translation scholars recognize that it united Christians of different persuasions and indeed became the uniting text of English speakers the world over. Many of its phrases are now common currency in our everyday language. Its intention was that everyone in the land from ploughboy to monarch could hear, understand and be nurtured by the scriptures. To some extent it was a subversive political act in that it divested power from a religious political elite and enabled ordinary men and women to think for themselves. Nevertheless the translators’ chief intent ion was that everyone might be able to hear the Word of God, the Evangel, the good news of God and with it opportunity to respond to the words of eternal life. (more…)

Blog

Welcome to a nearly random collection of my thoughts. I will try not to be trivial or self-indulgent, and we will see how this new aspect of my ministry develops. Is there anyone out there?

Hope

The events in Egypt tonight are both exciting and pregnant with possibilities, some good, some not so good. let us take comfort from the fact that a brutal and undemocratic regime has been removed by peaceful means, even at a cost in human lives. This is a moment of hope for the Middle East and the World, and for those of us in the West, perhaps a time for a little reflection on who our neighbours are, and how we should deal with them.

SMYP keeps on growing

Saint Mary’s Youth Project continues to flourish with more than 35 young people attending “Youthie” each week.  Since the club evenings were split for 11-14 in the Parish Hall on Tuesdays and 15-18 in the Methodist Hall on Fridays, attendance has kept on growing with more than 70 members on the books.

SMYP is an inclusive youth project providing out of school opportunities for young people within the wider catchment of both Lacon Childe School and the group of parishes in Cleobury benefice and beyond.  Kinlet, Milson, Mamble, Bayton, Orton and Farlow all have members of SMYP as well as Cleobury Mortimer. Weekly links with Hopton School are being developed. (more…)

From the Bishop – Feb 2011

“”Seven days without prayer makes one weak.”    Allen E Vartlett

”  We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.”        Oswald Chambers

”  He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day.”    John Bunyan

“The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” Romans 8:26

”  Of all the duties enjoined by Christianity, none is more essential and yet more neglected than prayer.”  Fenelon

Jesus said, “When you pray, say, ‘ Our Father…’’  St. Luke 11.4 (more…)