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The Team Vicar Writes... 

"One more step along the world I go…
from the old things to the new,
keep me travelling along with You.”
(Sydney Carter 1915-2004)

The words of this hymn remind us that life is a journey. Along the way, we move through many changing scenes - some of which are full of joy and delight, others soaked with sorrow or pain. Whether it’s marking the first steps along the Christian Way with the water of baptism, through to coming alongside the dying and bereaved as they face death - as a parish priest, it is a privilege to accompany people who are encountering major milestones along life’s journey.

This August, I’ve experienced one of the major joyful life events as both a priest and a parent. My husband John fulfilled the role of ‘father of the bride’ to our elder daughter Rosie, while I officiated at her marriage to her fiancé Matthew, at St Egelwin’s Church, Scalford. As soon as the service ended, I emerged from my cassock-alb to join other family members and friends for the rest of the wonderful day’s celebrations!

The Church of England’s Marriage Service resonates with the beautiful language of Scripture; there is one prayer that strikes me as
particularly lovely and - with slight adaptation - relevant to all our lives: “Blessed are You, O Lord our God, for You have created joy and
gladness, pleasure and delight, love, peace and fellowship.

"Pour out the abundance of Your blessing upon us … Bless us in our work and in our companionship; awake and asleep, in joy and in sorrow, in life and in death. Finally, in Your mercy, bring us to that banquet where Your saints feast for ever in Your heavenly home. We ask this through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.”

Whatever joys and sorrows we experience on our journey, from beginning to end, from the cradle to the grave, all of us are invited to discover how life is a gift from God with a God-given destination. It is Jesus Christ - the One who said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14: 6) - who shows us how to find the right path amidst all the confusing false tracks and blind alleys.

So whatever stage of life’s journey we and our loved ones are moving into this Autumn, let’s pray that we will make it our aim to stay close to Jesus. As the refrain of Sydney Carter’s hymn puts it: 
 
“And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with You.”
 
With every blessing,
 
mary  Revd Dr Mary Barr
 
 

Sunrise on Galilee
The Rector Writes... 
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horse statue
The Rector Writes... 
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The Rector Writes... 
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The Rector Writes... 
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The Team Vicar Writes... 
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The Rector Writes...
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The Rector writes... 
People so often take our Churches for granted. Those who visit them or come along to weddings, baptisms and funerals have very little inkling of what goes on not only on a Sunday, but throughout the week, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby. More ...
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The Rector Writes... 
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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!” writes the Revd Kevin Ashby. More ...
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The Team Vicar writes... 
“Are you looking forward to the Christmas Tree Festival?” That’s the question everyone’s asking me as I approach my first Christmas in Melton Mowbray, writes the Revd Dr Mary Barr. More ...