GLEANINGS FROM THE PARISH NEWS - MAY 2021
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Gleanings from the Parish News
“THY KINGDOM COME” 2021
“Thy Kingdom Come” is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension Day to Pentecost (May 13th to 23rd). We will especially be praying for God to reign in our lives and in the lives of others, which is actually what we are praying for when we pray “Thy Kingdom Come” in the Lord's Prayer. Archbishop Justin Welby writes: “In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities."
This year, because of the coronavirus restrictions, we are unable to have our usual prayer stations in our churches, but the organisers of “Thy Kingdom Come” have produced a number of prayer booklets, with prayers for each of the days between Ascension Day and Pentecost, that will be available to use at home. The Lord's Prayer Trail in Kirdford churchyard is also still available, and will be refurbished in time for this year's “Thy Kingdom Come”; there are booklets containing a map of the Trail in the church or the church porch.
SPECIAL SERVICES IN MAY
Ascension Day - 13th May
This year we will join our friends at Wisborough Green for the Ascension Day service on Thursday 13th May at 9.00am at St Peter's church followed by breakfast which is kindly being provided by the WG folk.
Trinity Sunday - 30th May
We'll be celebrating the Patronal Festival of Holy Trinity in Plaistow church on the afternoon of Sunday 30th at 4.00pm followed by tea and cake.
FOCUS ON A NEW BOOK
The editor has invited me to say a few words about my recently published book, but I should perhaps first introduce myself. I am a retired Anglican priest and have recently moved into Kirdford with my wife Diana so as to be nearer to family in our retirement. For twenty six years I was director of a Christian charitable foundation in Winchester which provided sheltered housing and nursing care for needy older people. After retiring from the charity I then spent a while as house for duty vicar of a parish in the Yorkshire Dales.
One project I set myself in retirement was to reflect on my time working with older people. I am particularly interested in how we can sustain our spiritual lives as we age, and in what helps us to do so. Over the years I have led training days and retreats and found participants were often very interested in the material I was using so I promised to set some of this out in book form. I wanted to root this in my Christian faith with a biblical thread running through the book, but also to draw on other writers and poets who have themselves thrown light on the experience of ageing in their writing.
In this way it was my objective to share a view of old age in which I have tried to be both honest and hopeful. Reading newspapers or watching television one could be forgiven for thinking that getting older is unremittingly grim. I hope my book redresses the balance a little. When writing a book like this, finding a title can be remarkably elusive. I was reflecting on how the challenge for us as Christians is to keep Jesus' injunction to love each other to the last when some words from a poem of Elizabeth Jennings came to mind to give me my title of Still Love Left with the subtitle Faith and Hope in Later Life.
When I have recouped the costs of publication it is my intention to contribute any profits to some of the churches and charities which have influenced it. The details of the book are set out below. The book is obtainable now from retail outlets such as Waterstones or Amazon, but do feel free to contact me directly if you would like a copy (contact details in the Parish News).
Still Love Left: Faith and Hope in Later Life by Michael Jackson is published by YouCaxton Publications, price £9.99