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Letter to parishioners, 19 February 2022

Saturday, 19 February 2022 Dear Friends in Christ, Much of the news over the last week has been dominated by the threat posed by Storms Dudley and Eunice. I have listened to some of the forecasting with an added interest this week as I have also been meditating upon Sunday’s reading from Luke’s gospel: chapter…Continue readingLetter to parishioners, 19 February 2022

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Letter to parishioners, 5 February 2022

Saturday, 5 February 2022 Dear Friends in Christ, This has been a busy week. As well as the usual round of home communions and interaction with the schools, we have marked the end of the Church’s celebration of Christmas by removing the Christmas tree and crib, I have attended a day conference for Rural Deans…Continue readingLetter to parishioners, 5 February 2022

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Letter to parishioners, 20 January 2022

Thursday, 20 January 2022 Dear Friends in Christ, This week’s reading from Luke’s gospel (Luke 4:14-21) continues the theme of making Christ known in the world. As we celebrated Christmas we heard of the shepherds taking the good news of Jesus’ birth into the local community. At Epiphany, the wise men visited and took that same good…Continue readingLetter to parishioners, 20 January 2022

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Letter to parishioners, 13 January 2022

Thursday, 13 January 2022 Dear Friends in Christ, This week’s gospel (John 2:1-11) tells us of Jesus’ first sign, the turning of water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. This is a moment in the gospel narrative with which we are all familiar, but how often do we pause to consider what meaning it…Continue readingLetter to parishioners, 13 January 2022

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Letter to parishioners, 7 January 2022

Friday, 7 January 2022 Dear Friends in Christ, This Sunday the Church recalls the Baptism of Christ, that moment when we recall the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry; a moment when we should pause and reflect upon our own call to serve God.  The Church of England has, for a very long time, adopted one of…Continue readingLetter to parishioners, 7 January 2022

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Letter to parishioners, 31 December 2021

Dear Friends in Christ, On Sunday the Church will be celebrating the Epiphany of Our Lord. Although this important festival really takes place on 6 January, the lectionary offers us the opportunity to mark this final moment in the gospel account of Christ’s nativity on a Sunday, the day when we normally gather in greater…Continue readingLetter to parishioners, 31 December 2021

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Letter to parishioners, 17 December 2021

Friday, 17 December 2021 Dear Friends in Christ, The great celebration of Christmas is just one week away. In the coming days there will be thoughts of presents, food, travelling and safe social interaction. But, in the midst of all that ‘stuff’, we also need to remember to make time for our spiritual journey towards…Continue readingLetter to parishioners, 17 December 2021

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Letter to parishioners, 10 December 2021

Friday, 10 December 2021 Dear Friends in Christ, Christmas is coming. The journey through Advent continues, but the focus of the majority is on the great feast of Christ’s Incarnation … or is it? People are certainly focusing on a great feast, but that feast is generally centred around a roast turkey and not around…Continue readingLetter to parishioners, 10 December 2021

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Letter to parishioners, 3 December 2021

Friday, 3 December 2021 Dear Friends in Christ, We have now begun the spiritual journey towards Christmas. As with last year, we are living through uncertain times. Last year our Christmas celebrations were curtailed by the ravages of another wave of the Covid virus. Our churches were able to remain open but there were many…Continue readingLetter to parishioners, 3 December 2021

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Letter to parishioners, 26 November 2021

Friday, 26 November 2021 Dear Friends in Christ, This Sunday is Advent Sunday – the beginning of a new liturgical year. So, let me begin by wishing you all a Very Happy New Year! Of course, the Church’s new year does not start with an excess of partying and elaborate firework displays. Instead, it begins…Continue readingLetter to parishioners, 26 November 2021

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Letter to parishioners, 18 November 2021

Thursday, 18 November 2021 Dear Friends in Christ, This Sunday sees us coming to the end of the liturgical year. Next Sunday will be Advent Sunday. The journey through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ will begin again. As the days, weeks and months go by we will be offered, once again,…Continue readingLetter to parishioners, 18 November 2021

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Letter to parishioners, 13 November 2021

Saturday, 13 November 2021 Dear Friends in Christ, This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. This important day represents just one moment in the year when we should pause and reflect upon the sacrifice of those who, through warfare and terror, have lost their lives. Remembrance Day no longer honours the dead of the First World War…Continue readingLetter to parishioners, 13 November 2021

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Letter to parishioners, 5 November 2021

Friday, 5 November 2021 Dear Friends in Christ, In our readings this week we are being called to reflect upon Christ’s call in our lives. In our gospel reading (Mark 1:14-20) we read of Jesus proclaiming the message of the recently imprisoned John the Baptist and calling his first disciples. As we journey through the…Continue readingLetter to parishioners, 5 November 2021

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Letter to parishioners, 30 October 2021

Saturday, 30 October 2021 Dear Friends in Christ, During the last week I have been in London. Vicky and I have been celebrating our wedding anniversary and enjoying the final few days of the first holiday we have had since 2019. During our time, first in the Lake District and then in the capital, I…Continue readingLetter to parishioners, 30 October 2021