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October 2011

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 01 October 2011


Rectory Ramblings


            In the last magazine Michael Harding (our much appreciated format editor) pointed out that the timings of production meant that nothing was to be found in last month’s issue about contemporary events, such as the riots that began over August: Although rather “stale buns” by now, it also stirred me to action.

            We were abroad when the news began to filter through of what was happening “back home” and thus we saw no footage at the time of what was happening. However we have seen the history of events, including the allegation on the BBC’s “Newswatch” that the Corporation was complicit by showing such scenes and ought to have forthrightly condemned what was happening. Be that as it may (and there are good questions about what a neutral broadcaster ought to be doing) it is perhaps a good place for us to start in our thinking: should we condemn? In St John’s Gospel we read Jesus saying “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved by him.” It’s easy to sit back and condemn: it’s much harder to think matters through and to try and understand!

            Because it is plain that the riots began with a real issue: the shooting of a suspect and the inability of the Police Officers concerned to give a plain account of what had happened. That remains a serious issue: and it is plain that this tapped into a mood of public anger and unease. We live in troubled times, with a great deal of anxiety about what current Public Spending cuts might mean for us: and cuts in the Police and Armed Services make for anxious times

            That said it is also plain that there is never any excuse for the scenes of looting and destruction that followed. Certain groups always capitalize upon such Public anxiety and the scenes that have followed legitimate protest about Student fees etc should make us very concerned. But why is it that so many people get caught up in such ugly scenes? Sadly the truth is that Evil seems to be infectious: Nazi Germany, the Jewish holocaust, neighbours that inform upon each other to the Stasi. Only serve to show us that this is the case: and even the best of us have to fight hard not to be consumed by such things

            But there is a Christian answer: St Paul writes “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  And in his letter to the Galatians “But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” The work of God within us produces a natural goodness that is as infectious, if not more so than the horrors of evil. Perhaps especially at the Harvest season we need to consider what the greatest influences upon our lives really are – and what sort of Harvest our lives are producing!


May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ produce in you a rich Harvest of the Fruit of the Spirit. And by such may he lead our Nation away from the pursuit of personal gain to the good of all


Ian Cardinal










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Harvest Thanksgiving

This year Harvest will be celebrated at St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church on October 2nd and St Saviour’s on October 9th: the Harvest Supper will be on October 1st at Aston Village Hall



Bishop Geoff is to Confirm Candidates at Aston Church on 2nd October at 6.30pm. Please come and support those taking this important step of Discipleship



A verger for St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church


In succession to the much loved Lawrence Austin, the Wardens and Rector wish to appoint an appropriate person to the post of Verger


Detailed list of duties will be made available, but will include:

  • Attendance at Sunday services
  • Administration and preparation for Baptisms, weddings and funerals
  • Helping an enthusiastic team of volunteers with basic paperwork


Complete trustworthiness is essential: the Parish profile lists the Verger as being “the Rector’s right hand man”


Applications and queries to the Wardens and Rector: There is a small honorarium that goes with this post



Guest Preacher

Back in the middle 1980s the Church of England launched the Church Urban Fund in response to inner city deprivation: but what did the fund achieve and what is it doing now? On October 16th we shall welcome Mr Matthew Page as a Guest Preacher at 9.15am and 10.45am, representing the work of the Fund. Please do come and hear what he has to say