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Richard on July 19th, 2017

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 23 July 2017.

Richard on July 12th, 2017

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 16 July 2017.

Richard on July 7th, 2017

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 9 July 2017.

Richard on June 30th, 2017

Heading off to the sun

It’s holiday time – or it soon will be, for most of us; and many will be heading off to foreign parts to enjoy the sunshine. I’ve also just read the announcement about the Parker Solar Probe, a mission which is to be launched next year, aiming to swoop to within four million miles of the sun’s surface to provide lots of new data on the way the sun affects the earth. That brings a new meaning to ‘heading off to the sun’! The probe needs to withstand temperatures of 1400oC whilst keeping the internal equipment at 70oC. I gather going at night is not an option!

As the sun is central to life on earth in every way, it’s hardly surprising that there have been ‘sun worshippers’ for thousands of years before package holidays were invented. It’s easy to see why – it could be said that the sun is the one reliable source of heat, necessary for life, food, and even the regulation of work & sleep patterns. It is the most powerful object around. But that’s what it is – an object, like everything else – and we now know that it is one of many billions of suns in the known universe. To me, and to all who accept the existence of a Creator, it is an amazing indication of God’s greatness and power. So why worship an object in creation? Let’s worship the Creator.

The sun is mentioned 170 times in the Bible. 32 of those are in the book of Ecclesiastes, where King Solomon says that ‘there is nothing new under the sun’. The message is that everything we do is visible to God, who rules above all and that He only can have a balanced view of life, as it relates to nations and individuals. Jesus said that our heavenly Father ‘causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good’ indicating his nature of justice and love (Matthew 5:45). And in Revelation we read that there’ll be no need for a sun in heaven, because of the glory of God.

So let me ask: how big is your God? As we pray, we realise that He has the power to answer – and that in Jesus He proved His ultimate concern for people whom we may consider insignificant. Such as ourselves! Plus, just as the sun constantly bathes the world in in warmth and light, so there is no place or situation on earth that is beyond His influence. As we take time out from our work, why not make it your mission to journey to God – who is there for us any time of the day or night.

Yours in Jesus

Richard on June 30th, 2017

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 2 July 2017.

 

Richard on June 22nd, 2017

Mount Bures Festival of Flowers

This year’s Festival of Flowers in the village of Mount Bures, centred around the Church of St. John the Baptist but including the Village Hall, the Thatchers Arms and open gardens, takes place on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a celebration Service at 6 p.m. on Sunday 25th. It’s always worth a visit!

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Canon Dr. Ronald Blythe MA, Reader in the Benefice of Wormingford and Mount Bures with Little Horkesley and member of the Order of St. Cedd, has been awarded the CBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. His services to literature include a number of novels including Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village; his work for Penguin English Library as Editor of classics by many authors including Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy; and his long-running Church Times column Word from Wormingford from which he retired in May of this year.

Ronald, now 94, was born in Suffolk and is a Lay Canon of St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, and his CBE joins six Honorary Doctorates and many other prizes and honours marking a writing career which has spanned almost 80 years. He spent 10 years as a librarian in Colchester, through which he met the artist John Nash, and he also speaks fondly of his friendships with E M Forster and Benjamin Britten amongst many other literary and musical greats. His gentle faith has been a constant thread through his life and writings, and as Reader he has led services in the Benefice each week for over 40 years. ‘I recall one Bishop imploring me to become ordained’ he says. ‘He thought it would complete my ministry – but my writing is my vocation, and my faith inhabits my pages’.

Ronald still lives in his isolated cottage at the end of an Anglo-Saxon farm track in the beautiful Stour Valley on the Essex/Suffolk border, surrounded by the garden, fields and river which have become so well-known to his readers. The Bishop of Colchester, Rt. Revd Roger Morris, says: ‘We are so blessed to have Ronald as a minister in our Diocese. His faith and his words span the globe, and his gentle character continues to enrich the Church and the community. I am delighted that he has received this great honour.’

 

All of Ronald Blythe’s past Church Times articles are published in book form by Canterbury Press: Word from Wormingford: A parish year (£9.99); Out of the Valley (£9.99); Borderland (£10.99); A Year at Bottengoms Farm (£8.99); River Diary (£12.99 hardback); The Bookman’s Tale (£12.99); Village Hours (£14.99, hardback); Under a Broad Sky (£14.99 hardback); In the Artist’s Garden (£14.99 hardback); Stour Seasons (£14.99 hardback). In addition, there are his reflections on old age, The View in Winter (£14.99). A final compilation of his weekly columns is currently in preparation at the Church Times.

Richard on June 22nd, 2017

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 25 June 2017.

Richard on June 7th, 2017

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 11 June 2017.

 

Richard on June 2nd, 2017

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 4 June 2017.