Thoughts From The Rectory

May 2021

Jean & Revd David Barnes

Dear Friends,

In one of the departments of the natural history museum in London there  once stood a giant piece of rock which must have been at least 2 metres square. At the side of this monolith was a sign which reads, “there is only 

one thing that is certain in the natural world, that is all things must  change”. Robert Gallagher wrote, “Change is inevitable”. He went on to say, “except from a vending machine”. 

The truth is, as the world around us changes so do we. We only have to  look back at the last 12 months to realise what changes we have all been through during the pandemic. The Church at large has never been immune to change. From the very beginning, the Church’s roots were firmly entrenched in Judaism and the Jewish Law. As the gospel spread throughout Europe it had to change to enable others to embrace the Christian message. Over the past 50 years or so there have been many changes in the Church, both in the buildings and in the liturgy, some for the good, others have just been lost in the fullness of time. It was only some 30 years ago that the first women were ordained within the church and that seems as though it happened an age ago. However, as time marches on, so the Church will continuously change so that it might spread the Good News within the context in which it finds itself. 

The 23rd of May is a special day in the life of the Church because it is the  day we celebrate the feast of Pentecost (Whitsun in old money), the Churches birthday. It is the day that the early followers of Jesus were empowered with the Holy Spirit to do God’s work here on earth. The gift of the Holy Spirit changed Jesus’s disciples from being timid people locked away behind closed doors into courageous witnesses and preachers of the Good News. 

The same gift of the Holy spirit is offered to us today. It costs nothing! Its  free! All we have to do is accept it and use it for the furtherance of God’s love here on earth. 

Yours in Christ’s service

David


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