Nick's Notes

Rector’s Letter March 2018

Lent began with a short service of Holy Communion during which we made the sign of the cross on our foreheads with ash.  I burnt some palm crosses saved from last year and mixed it with a little oil and then with my thumb made the cross on each person.  It sounds weird when you write it down but it is a very old symbol of our journey through Lent.  In a world where we want everything to be fine, where all the pressure is focused on growth, prosperity, long life and happiness we put the sign of a brutal means of execution on our forehead and say, ‘This is part of the real world’.

Today people are still crucified, nailed to a cross and left to die as part of the terrorist campaign of fear and intimidation.  But it symbolises much more.  It recognises that people have times when life seems to implode, when bad things happen to good people and we can make no sense of it, when illness is chronic and pain is relentless, when in the brave new, shiny world cracks appear and are papered over because they don’t fit the reality we want to show.

The cross symbolised the end for the disciples of Jesus.  Everything they held dear, their hopes and ambitions, the way they saw the world and worshiped God was dying in front of their eyes.  Everything changed.  A new perspective dawned.  With the resurrection of Jesus came a new way of seeing things.  The disciples went on and experienced joy and pain, fellowship and imprisonment, the normal reality of life was found in their lives and in the life of every Christian.

If you are looking for everything to be rosy and all your problems to go away, Christian faith is probably not for you.  If you want to experience a new reality in your life which transforms every aspect, then come to Christ, come to church, join with others on the journey, but remember, it starts with a cross.

Nick Law

Rector

Family Focus

It was with great sadness that we learnt that George Nash died on 12th February.  He was someone who was totally involved in our community in the peninsula and beyond.  He was a hard working person who simply got on with the jobs, and didn’t seek any glory or reward; much of what George did no one ever knew.

For me he was my right hand at church.  He was churchwarden for 20 years and made sure that everything worked and the myriad of jobs that needs doing to keep a church alive were done without fuss.

Our prayers are with his wife Jane and with his wider family.


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