View from the Vicarage
Well it’s that time of year again when the sun has been shining, the flowers blooming, the bees buzzing and the church bells ringing. Yes, as I write, our wedding season is in full flow, as couples come to church to say their marriage vows to each other in front of their friends and families and God our heavenly father. It’s such a privilege to share with others as we travel together on our paths through life, whether that involves celebrating love or new birth; lives lived over many years, or those that seem to have ended rather prematurely. That is surely what we were created to do? To travel alongside one another through the good times and the bad; to help folk who are finding their path an uphill struggle, as well as celebrate with those riding a wave of excitement.
It is also the season of exams, as our youngsters are tested on the work they have carried out over the past year/s. Exams can be very stressful, but in many ways they are a metaphor for life itself. It is always useful to stop and review our progress- what we are spending our time doing; where we think our lives might be going; how we might make our lives more effective; what application we might need to undertake. Where-ever we think we are heading, there are always other options open to us, and we would do well to remember that disappointment often opens new doors for us that we never even imagined.
Through all these junctions in life God promises to guide and inspire us afresh, if we just open ourselves to His presence in the world around us and in our lives; if we trust his love for all His creation; if we trust his promise to strengthen us through the bad times, as well as celebrate with us through the good. That’s precisely why we are adapting the worn seating at the back of All Saints, opening up the church for greater outreach, and commemorating the input that different folk have had on our church community life. If you haven’t sponsored a chair yet, please do consider doing so, marking your own connection with our beautiful church, or remembering that of a loved one. There is a sponsorship forms in the churches and in the Parish Office. That’s precisely why we have invited Bishop Jo to rededicate the All Saints Bell Tower in a celebratory service on Sunday 20th August. Further details to follow.
So I hope the exams don’t prove too stressful- they will soon be over, and the summer will open up ahead. And I’m sure we all wish our newly-weds every blessing on their marriage paths, as we all move towards another summer of amazing community activities!