- Sunday, 16 September 2018
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.
- Sunday, 15 July 2018
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!
- Sunday, 29 July 2018
I'm writing this on holiday at Amble in Northumberland on the north east coast. Amble call itself 'the friendliest port' and people do their best to live up to the title. A few days ago we were in Alnwick (there's a new railway there!) David Scott (once vicar of St James) once told me that he was born in Alnwick but when he was a boy his parents 'moved south to Gateshead' It was hard for a Coventry kid like me to imagine.
Soon our Parish Pilgrims will be her in the real North remembering St. Aiden and St. Cuthbert and walking to Lindisfarne. There is something wonderfully genuine about the saints of the North. Omn July 25th we remebered St James, an ambitious and noisy fisherman. He tells us that faith needs to be witnessed to by genuine good works.
Soon we will begin a new era of faith and good works - and genuine friendliness - as we grow together 'under new management'