Rector's Message

Dear Friends

Crowned in Glory

As you read this letter no doubt many of you are taking some time off work, spending time with family and friends or even on holiday! We are approaching Whitsuntide, bank holiday and the time in the Christian faith when we celebrate God sending his Holy Spirit to enable the church to bear witness to him.  The term 'wit' has been linked with the wearig of white clothes associated with the day and also  'wit' being linked to the old English referring to wisdom, the wisdom to the disciples on that day.

At the end of May we celebrated Christ ascending into heaven.  Though 'in heaven' he may seem removed from us, it is through the Holy Spirit that we are brought into fellowship with both the Father and the Son, the other persons of the Holy Trinity. Before he died, Jesus spoke to the disciples in the upper room preparing them to receive the Holy Spirit.  He likened the Spirit to an advocate or counsellor.  He would be alongside and with us, but also represent us before the throne of God.

The gift of God is that he knows what it is to be human, but that as a man he could not be with us eternally.  Now ascended, the son Jesus through his spirit, is our friend in heaven, bringing us into a relationship with the divine which was not possible before.

As the letter to the Hebrews says, speaking of Jesus....

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every resoect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:15)

As the sun rises in the sky and above the yard arm, so we too can let God's son rise in our hearts.

Happy Whitsun!

Yours

Richard Kirkman

 

"Exalted at the right hand of God" (Hebrews 8:33)

 

Rector's Study Leave (Sabbatical)

From 27 May to 29 August I shall be taking some study leave this year to study the theology of Christian conversion from a spiritual, psychological and social point of view.

During that time please contact the Area Dean, Revd Nick Bird for an pastoral issues (Baptisms, funderals, the sick) Tel: 01904 489349, frnick.bird@btinternet.com.

Wedding enquires to Revd Karen Gardiner Tel: 01757 289266 revkarenjg@gmail.com.

Any practical or general enquiries to the respective churchwardens. Thank you.