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LETTER FROM THE VICARAGE - MAY 2021

We reproduce here the monthly letter from our Vicar as it appears in our parish magazine, the Parish News.

Letter from the vicarage

Gleanings from the Parish News

Facilities improvements

for our churches

Dear Friends,

The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it. (Psalm 24:1)

May can be a glorious month, full of colour, with spring fully underway. Infinite varieties of fauna and flora taking full advantage of stronger sunshine, and the longer hours of daylight. We have also the opportunity of the easing of covid19 restrictions that have impacted all of us in various ways. The possibility of meeting up with family and friends from the 17th May outdoors, may well herald the beginning of the BBQ season.

Talking to folk, whether in person, (socially distanced of course), or on a screen, the one component that seems to be missing from these conversations is company, other humans. The simple act of just being together, taken for granted pre-covid, is starting to return. The joy of seeing grandchildren, relatives and close friends, has made a real impact on many who have been in hibernation since Christmas. Whether or not foreign travel, and overseas holidays will be permitted is yet to be confirmed. For those who have family and friends overseas the wait may continue, however we can be thankful that with modern technology we are able see and speak to the ones we love and pray for. As John Donne, poet and former Dean of St. Paul's (1621-1631) wrote, “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” We are all connected to one another, as King David wrote generations before in Psalm 24:1, quoted above, the Lord God creates and sustains us through his almighty power that we can, in the words of the, 'Westminster Shorter Catechism', Question: What is the chief end of man? Answer: Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever. We can do this as individuals, but when we gather together to praise and worship the Lord as a community we are uplifted and can quite literally be transformed. As Matthew records in his Gospel, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20.

So let's give thanks for the joy of being together again, that makes life so special, and can contribute to the benefit of our social, mental and spiritual wellbeing, for both young and old alike.

Clive