Nick's Notes

Rector’s Letter   June 2018

What a wonderful spring it has been.  A bit late in starting but everything has caught up.  The primroses were in abundance, the bluebells are out and the banks are starting to get over grown with colour.  I hope the wet weather has not delayed the farmers too much and things have started to catch up for them as well.

Psalm 65 is entitled ‘The Bounty of the Earth’ and from verse 11 it reads (addressing God),

 ‘You crown the year with your bounty;
    your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
    the hills gird themselves with joy,
13 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
    the valleys deck themselves with grain,
    they shout and sing together for joy.

The writer of the Psalm (a hymn of praise) recognises God in the beauty in the world around him.  In other places we see the way God works with people and blesses them as they work in harmony with the creation.  The fact that we can appreciate beauty and create beauty is, to me, a gift from God.

The Flower Festival in St Andrew’s Church on 1st – 3rd June, combines people’s creative talent and the natural beauty of the work.  Do come along.

But the bible also recognises that there isn’t always harmony, that selfishness, greed, and a blindness to God’s ways have created much ugliness and pain.  There is much to be admired in the efforts people make to restore that harmony, to conserve the landscape, protect endangered animals and improve their welfare.  But unless we restore the harmony with God and look again at His commandments, I fear we will work in vain.

Do you appreciate the beauty of the work, join in the praises found in the bible; do you want to work for a better world, start with the ancient wisdom and relationship with God.

Enjoy.

Nick Law

Rector

Family Focus

Flower Festival: St Andrew’s Church, Bere Ferrers, Friday 1st June, to Sunday 3rd June, 10.30 – 6.00pm.  Celebrating ‘Welcome & Hospitality’ among family, friends, neighbours, Church and, especially God’s welcome extended to us.  Refreshments available and music during the day.  More details from Margaret Willmott and Nick Law.

Trinity Hall

We are increasing the cost of Hiring Trinity Hall from £6.00 to £7.00 per session.  We have removed the need for coins to run the heaters.  Enquires to John Martin 840865

 

 

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