Vicar’s Letter – June 2016

“The greatest joy was seeing people change before my eyes, and it changed me too,”  said Prince Harry after the second highly successful Invictus Games . Changing. Growing. Developing. While it is all too easy to grow outwards around one’s middle, there is also a tremendous appetite for inner change. Self-help groups, personal trainers, life coaches, language and music classes abound.

 

So what helps us to change and what are our priorities for change?

 

Perhaps most people would agree that the greatest virtue is love, but courses on “Love” are few. Possibly it is deemed to be too private and individual. On the other hand, TV schedules are bloated by the need to change our bodies, rather than our souls:- “Embarrassing Bodies”, “Tattoo Fixers”, etc. It is therefore rather ironic that we will spend so much effort on changing things of lesser importance, while not finding a way to grow the most important value- love.

 

It is not obvious how to grow in love. If we have a good home background, we “catch” love from our parents and families, though no family can be perfect. Once in a romantic relationship, changing and growing are essential, but the divorce statistics suggest that we are not very good at it. The pressure to change can be too much to bear. Retreating into privacy doesn’t work either, as it isolates us from help.

 

What family love teaches us is that we grow in love when we are loved. The apostle John wrote that “We love God because He first loved us.” We christen or baptise children to speak into their deepest beings that God loves them before and despite all that will happen in their lives. As adults we see in the sacrificial death of Jesus the ultimate demonstration of God’s love. The work of the Holy Spirit of God is to give us personal experience of this love in daily life. The Church is the place where a community can come together around the highest value of love: where we can be blessed by love; challenged to grow in love; and face with forgiveness our many failures to love. In this month when we celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, may we each know the Divine Love that has so inspired her.

 

Calendar of Events

8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 17th November, 2019
8:30 am - 9:15 am


10.30am Holy Communion with Contemporary Music

Sunday 17th November, 2019
10:30 am - 11:30 am


6pm Choral Evensong

Sunday 17th November, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Holy Communion (BCP)

Thursday 21st November, 2019
11:00 am - 11:45 am


9.00am Choral Mattins (BCP)

Sunday 24th November, 2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am


10.30am Holy Communion with Contemporary Music

Sunday 24th November, 2019
10:30 am - 11:30 am