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The Rector Writes...

I love this poem from the Bethany United Church in America. It says so much about how, if we all give generously, we can make “something greater from the difference”. And God does do great things with what we give!
 
We’re still in the period when we’re focussing on “Give Because You Can!” and I’d like to say a thank you to members of the Ministry Team and others who have “gone the extra mile” in helping over the last couple of months… and will be helping into this month and, most probably, the next, due to Revd Dr Mary being on sick leave after her accident.

Last month I mentioned Mary’s operation on the arm she broke just before Christmas… this is the latest news from her: “…he’s signed me off for a further 3 weeks from the expiry date of my first statement (which was 2 months from 24/12/2018) i.e. until 18 March, but he advised me to see my GP before then for further assessment as it is questionable as to whether I will be fit to drive and resume normal duties by that stage and I might need to be ’signed off’ for a further few weeks….”.

Please continue to pray for Mary in what continues to be a very frustrating time for her and the family. But please also pray for those who are giving so much of their time and talents to fill the gap. Because it looks as though Mary probably won’t be back to full health before Easter, I have decided, after much thought and prayer, to defer my three month Sabbatical / Study Leave until next year. I was due to go at the end of April… but will now look for dates in the 2020 diary.
 
On Ash Wednesday (6th March) we begin the season of Lent (with services at Thorpe at 11.15 am and Burton at 7.30 p.m…. each with the opportunity for the imposition of ashes) when, as Christians, we focus on what God gave to us when his Son Jesus prepared himself for his journey to Jerusalem and death on the cross for us… and we focus on what we give to him in return. This normally takes the form of giving something up that’s bad for us… for example, smoking, alcohol, sweets and chocolate. This year, as we continue to think about Generous Giving, why don’t we consider our giving to God of ourselves and our resources?
 
Please do come along to the “Generous Giving” morning in St Mary’s on Saturday, 16th March, between 10am and noon, when we will reflect on the special services in our Churches last month, which looked at God’s generosity to us, the generosity of those in the past who brought us and our Church buildings to where they are now and considered our generosity in the present and future.
 
Perhaps you might also consider coming along to the Lent Meditations “The Places of the Passion” beginning on Wednesday, 13th March, 7pm to 8.15 pm.  A good opportunity to learn more about the Passion story and how it relates to the place where we are.
 
kevin for rector writes  The Revd Kevin Ashby
 

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