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Lord Grant me Patience

The Rector Writes...

When I was serving my curacy in Market Harborough a few years ago (!?) my training incumbent’s favourite expression, which fitted his personality perfectly, was “Lord, grant me patience… but hurry!”
There are times when all of us get frustrated with “the system”… especially those of us who are involved with the Church of England (actually other denominations can be just as frustrating!). In a hymn we don’t sing very often today, “Onward Christian Soldiers”, there’s a line which reads “Like a mighty army moves the Church of God” and a few years ago a friend of mine, Canon Arthur Dobb, published a book about Manchester Diocese called “Like a Mighty Tortoise…”, with a doffing of the cap to the hymn!
And some things in our churches do seem to move very slowly. Someone said in the newly refurbished St Mary’s a couple of weeks ago… “It’s all falling apart!”. And my response was, “No. It’s all falling together!” Not only are we learning what works, what doesn’t work and how it works, but we’re also bringing things out of storage gradually as we discover or rediscover our needs, and if we only do exactly the same things in exactly the same way as we did before the project… then why did we spend all that money?

As we’ve said from Day 1, the works we did, and are still doing, were and are all about our mission for God and so there will be some frustration that we’ve not just returned everything to where it was before. Patience and prayer is what we need. We’ve exercised those two things for the last eight years… a few more months of patience means we will get the remainder of the project right and in accordance with God’s will and not our own. Please continue to pray for those who are still working to bring our building project to fulfilment.

What a great Confirmation service we had recently, when eleven of our congregation took an important step in their Christian journey. Please continue to pray for Brian Burgess, Annaleise Burrows, Adam and Zoe Chidlow, Jacob and Lucas Hughes, Lee Jones, Emma Moulson, Gill Needham, Christine Styles and Brian Wray.
As last year, we will be giving away pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (13th February). This a great way to reach out to our local community and any help would be greatly appreciated. Please have a word with Marilyn Wray or Karen Balding if you want to know more.
We are also offering a Lent Course for our Team Parish and anyone else who would like to come along. It will be on five Wednesdays, beginning on February 21st, in St Mary’s Church, Melton. More details elsewhere in this website. All are very welcome.
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