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Vicar’s Letter

Richard on December 2nd, 2016

Christmass Do you remember (or are you too young?) the episode of ‘Till Death Us Do Part’ with Alf Garnett telling his family about the birth of Jesus? He had to be born in a stable, because there was no room for him in the Inn. “Well, it was Christmas” says his wife Else. “Everywhere’s […]

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  As I write, the military forces of several countries are converging on Mosul, Iraq, with a confident determination to free the city and the country from terrorist rule.  The bombardment of Aleppo in Syria continues, and offensives are taking place elsewhere in the region in what has become a complicated, seemingly un-winnable war. British […]

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Richard on September 24th, 2016

One of the enduring symbols of Harvest is the Cornucopia, or Horn of Plenty. It’s a way of declaring how blessed we are as a community with all the fruit of the land, and the fruit of all our labours too. For farmers, the main harvest was gathered in weeks ago, but if you have […]

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Richard on July 29th, 2016

Holydays Yes, OK, I’m thinking of holidays. At the very time when life seems to be at its busiest and most complicated, I have to take two weeks off. I could do without that, right now. But it’s booked and paid for, and life with June wouldn’t be worth living if we didn’t go. I […]

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Richard on July 2nd, 2016

  Brexodus So the United Kingdom has spoken – we are to leave the European Union. That’s such a momentous decision that there’s no way I should ignore it right now. Right now, my response is reflection and prayer, based on God’s Word and my experience of His nature. The facts are that more than […]

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Richard on June 9th, 2016

Lifelong Learners    A few years ago, a school changed its motto, because the Governors thought it too modern for the image they wished to have. It was “Audio Video Disco” – and I can understand what they meant, except that it is far from modern. It’s Latin, of course, for “I hear, I see, […]

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Richard on April 29th, 2016

The power of One  One is important. Whether it’s a leter in a word, a in a sentence, a petal on a flower, an ingredient in a cake, one missing can make a big difference. I can imagine flower arrangers searching for the perfect blooms, then making sure the arrangement is photogenic and balanced – […]

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Richard on March 25th, 2016

“Service!” This week, my car went in for its regular service. June drove behind in hers, so that we could then both go on to Church for a morning service. June was driving, which freed my mind up to think – what does that word really mean? It’s also an opening shot in tennis, the […]

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Richard on March 5th, 2016

Cross Purposes In September 1989, I did something I wouldn’t dare do now – it wasn’t ‘PC’ then, and could put me in the hands of a PC now! It was during the Mission to Colchester, and a colleague and I were in the Town Centre. We walked up to a young lady by the […]

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Richard on January 28th, 2016

Faith and faithfulness Today I’m at my desk planning the service for St. Valentine’s Day, 14th February, which this year falls on a Sunday. It’s too good an opportunity to miss – the service will be a Celebration of Marriage, and I’m looking forward to it! One part of the Marriage service has got me […]

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