The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby who took part in the Coventry Diocese centenary celebrations at the beginning of this month, asked us to join in with a global wave of prayer called 'Thy Kingdom Come'. This eleven days of prayer from the day after Ascention Day (11th May) ending at Pentecost (20th May) asked us to pray for five of our family and friends who we feel would benefit from following Jesus more closely.
I seem to worry absolutely everything these days; but given my experience in schools I could never have imagined becoming so stressed about doing an assembly in an infant school. When the head asked me to do something about Trinity Sunday I blithely said ‘yes’. It was only later when I realised that Trinity Sunday is the only Christian celebration not based on an event that I started worrying about having to explain the purely doctrinal concept of the Holy Trinity to five-year olds.
I first wrote a similar article to this for the Coventry Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers’ quarterly magazine, and then realized how pertinent it was to our Church.
‘Le Golfe de Morbihan’ in Brittany has a micro-climate, as well as a mind of its own, so weather-wise it can range from very hot to stormy all in a day. As a consequence we never visit our little house there without taking a jig-saw puzzle – just in case!
There is a time for everything and a season for each activity under Heaven’ chapter 3 Ecclesiastes. I thought of this as I started to write this reflection, summer is nearly over and autumn almost beginning, one of my favourite seasons.
The colours in the trees, the fruits and berries on the shrubs, the garden looks mellow, there’s a new term at school, or a new job to go to. Every season brings new beginnings, a time to take stock of our lives. Autumn to me should be a time to rest. This time it will be one of preparation a busy time. Like many other people I will need to remind myself of the poem-
Leisure by W H Davies
What is this life if full of care we have no time to stand and stare-
so that I can make time to stand back and enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons.
Sarah says she is going to make me do it.