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March 2011

 

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            And so to Lent: Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 9th this year, almost as late as it can feasibly be. If you are unfamiliar with the way that the date of Easter is calculated, then there are a couple of (fairly complex) systems in the Book of Common Prayer. Basically it is governed by phases of the moon and lunar months that are used to decide the date of Passover. But for those who like life easier, the lectionary of “Common Worship” gives us a table up to 2020!

February 2012

 

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            A very Happy New Year to you, especially those I have not been able to greet so far! May 2012 be a blessed time for you all. In terms of Church attendance it seems as though both our Churches have had bumper congregations this year, so a very big thank you to everyone who delivered that Parish Christmas card. Over 4,000 were put through our letterboxes which represents a great deal of effort and shoe-leather!

February 2011

 

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            A very Happy New Year to you, especially those I have not been able to greet so far! May 2011 be a blessed time for you all. Of course this magazine comes out after one of the worst and coldest December that any of us can remember! One member of my household is still muttering darkly about January being worse than December – but with this country’s climate, who can tell?

December 2010 & January 2011

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            Recently Steph and I were able to spend a day in York: it’s one of our favourite cities, being the place we had our honeymoon amongst other things. From time to time we have been able to spend time there, but in 1996 we rented a house and spent most of the week “within the walls”

November 2010

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            “Remember, remember The 5th of November” runs the old rhyme, but of course this is a relatively late tradition. In 1605 Guy Fawkes and other Roman Catholics were discovered trying to blow up King James I in the Houses of Parliament; Their subsequent trial and execution is remembered each year in our Bonfire Night. At the time it was a “No-popery” celebration, though I doubt that many will remember that as the rockets ascend this year

October 2010

 

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            As I write a catastrophic earthquake has hit New Zealand and Christchurch on the South island has been very badly hit: Incredibly there seems to have been no widespread loss of life and even injuries have been mercifully few. This contrasts with the appalling scenes in Haiti earlier this year, when a similar sized event hit an impoverished nation with devastating effects

September 2010

 

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I was idly flicking through my databases on the computer the other day when I came across the statistics for the years I have been here with you. The funerals remain roughly static – by July we have roughly undertaken 30 or so each year, and although we seem to be in a “run” again as I write, one wouldn’t expect there to be a lot of change

July 2010

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All things being equal, by the time you read this our Benefice will have a second Priest. In accordance with tradition received from Biblical times, Sally will have had Episcopal hands laid upon her and the prayer intoned “send down your Holy Spirit for the Office and work of a Priest”. But how do people ever come to this point? Does God still write upon walls, as he did in the book of Daniel? And how do we know that we are being called by God?

June 2010

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"What is a Priest?” “I thought Sally was Ordained anyway?” – all questions we have heard over the last few weeks as we prepare to host the Ordinations to the Priesthood in our benefice on 19th June.

May 2010

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