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Richard on November 16th, 2017

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 19 November 2017.

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Remembrance Sunday 12 November 2017.

Richard on November 11th, 2017

Are you ready for the er… festive season? OK, I can say it now it’s November – Christmas?

I’m certainly not ready, but I’ve done lots of preparation. In Church, we know when our services will be; we’ve done the rotas so I know where I’ll be each day;  and many events are already in the diary. But there’s lots still to do. That got me thinking about the importance of preparation.

Baden Powell chose the Scout motto (perhaps in part to match his initials?), calling scouts to be prepared ‘in both mind and body to do your duty’. But there’s a big difference between being prepared for eventualities and prepared for events. So a trained and ready chef still has to prep the food; a football team must train of course, and then needs to prepare to play specific opponents; I may be trained in preaching, but still need to prepare every sermon, and especially if given without notes! Preparation is hard work, but it pays off in (hopefully) an elegant way. My dad used to say that, whatever you do, ‘if it looks like hard work, you haven’t worked hard enough!’.

Let’s take a leaf out of God’s book. What a wonderful earth God has prepared over billions of years, that it is just right for productivity of every kind. And an even more wonderful heaven is already prepared too (Revelation 21:2). At the start of the Christmas story (Luke 3:4) we hear of John the Baptist preparing the way for the Lord Jesus, and calling us to prepare the way for Him in our own hearts. And Jesus by His life on earth prepared the way for us into the Kingdom of heaven.

But there’s a limit to how much we can prepare for eternal life in the Kingdom. It has to be more about general ‘Baden-Powell’ style preparedness than what we achieve, because our eternal future doesn’t depend on good works, but on God’s welcoming love. He’s done the preparation; we just need to accept that and be ready – and Jesus made that clear several times (Matthew 24:44; 25:10; Luke 121:35 etc). A key verse for me is from St. Peter’s 1st letter: ‘Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have’. If I can do that, I reckon my heart’s prepared, even if the rest of me isn’t!

So as we make preparations for Christmas, making sure everything’s ready to welcome and honour our families and friends, let’s also prepare our hearts to welcome God who has prepared the kingdom of heaven to honour us.

Yours in Jesus

Richard on November 2nd, 2017

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for All Saints, Sunday 5 November 2017.

Richard on October 12th, 2017

Join us for our service at St. Andrew’s Church, Wormingford on Sunday 29 October at 11 a.m., which will be led by Kingsland Community Gospel Choir, making a welcome return after their barnstorming appearance at our Celebration Evening last February.

Come along with friends and neighbours, and have a great hour with us, including refreshments afterwards!

Richard on October 12th, 2017

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 15 October 2017.

Richard on October 6th, 2017

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 8 October 2017.

Richard on September 28th, 2017

Flying away on holiday recently, we heard the usual safety announcement, including the words: “…and if oxygen masks are presented, fit your own mask before helping others, including children”. We know the reason, of course – we won’t be able to help anyone if we aren’t even breathing. But each time I fly, those words remind me of the need to be strong in myself and have all I need, if I’m going to be any use to other people.

Doing things for ourselves (meaning being internally resourceful) is good; doing things for ourselves (meaning for a selfish purpose) is less so! But in our modern world, advertisers seek to cash in on what they call the ‘me generation’ of people who seem to look only to their own wants and needs. And the question so often asked isn’t ‘what good would it do?’ but ‘what’s in it for me?’.

A self-service store used to mean we choose from the shelves, rather than having the proprietor serve us. Now it means we even operate the till – and the store gains most from that! Do-it-yourself can be very affirming, building our abilities as well as saving money, and there are many skills we can’t acquire without actually doing them: but even using ‘Teach Yourself’ books means we’re learning from the experience of others. Even self-help groups are facilitated so that we learn from the experience of those in a similar position. The fact is that we develop best as a community when we learn from others and share our skills with others.

Key to this approach is Jesus’ summary of the Ten Commandments – love God, and love our neighbour as we also love ourselves (Matthew 22:38-39). Jesus often had ‘me time’, going to a solitary place to pray, to build up Spiritual strength for times ahead – and he encourages us to do the same: ‘When you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your heavenly Father’ (Matthew 6:6). Prayer like that strengthens us as individuals; prayer together strengthens the community. And being Spiritually strong is as important as being emotionally and physically strong, if we are to be fully effective as whole people.

I think we all know that, but perhaps it’s good to be reminded sometimes, so that we can take the initiative, build ourselves up and use our skills and energies to best effect.

Go on – help yourself!

Yours in Jesus,

Richard on September 28th, 2017

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for      Sunday 1 October 2017.

Richard on September 21st, 2017

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 24 September 2017.