Thoughts From The Rectory

July 2021

January 2024 - The Acting Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Hugh Nelson is pleased to announce that the Revd David James Saunders, at present Assistant Curate in the Benefice of Ascot Heath, Berkshire in the Diocese of Oxford is to be the Rector with Oversight Responsibility in the Bude Coast and Country Benefice in the Diocese of Truro. This is conditional on final curacy requirements and legal formalities being finalised and completed. He will be licensed at a place and on a date to be arranged.

A message from the Rectory

Dear friends

As we enter the month of April, we are met with the light-hearted tradition of April Fool's Day, the determination of the London Marathon, and the celebration of St. George's Day. It may seem like an unlikely trio, but as Christians, we can find connections that inspire us to embrace faith, resilience, and courage in our daily lives.

The apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 1:25 that "the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength." As we navigate the playful spirit of April Fool's Day, let us remember that God's wisdom often defies the world's understanding, and His strength surpasses our human limitations. 

This wisdom and strength are also reflected in the endurance, perseverance, and triumph of the human spirit symbolized by the London Marathon, an event we see runners participate in during April. As Christians, we are called to run the race of faith with endurance (Hebrews 12:1), knowing that our ultimate prize is the crown of eternal life in Christ Jesus. Just as marathon runners train diligently and push through physical and mental barriers, we are encouraged to persevere in our faith journey, trusting in God's strength to carry us through every challenge and obstacle. 

St. George, the patron saint of England, is renowned for his bravery and unwavering faith in the face of adversity. His legendary act of slaying the dragon embodies the courage and faithfulness that we, as Christians, are called to emulate. St. George's Day serves as a reminder that even in the face of daunting trials and tribulations, we can draw strength from our faith and stand firm in the truth of God's word. Just as St. George displayed unwavering faith in God, we are called to trust in His providence and promises, even when faced with life's uncertainties. Like the marathon runners, we are encouraged to persevere in our faith, knowing that our efforts are not in vain, and that God sustains us through every step of our journey. St. George's courage in the face of the dragon encourages us to confront our own empowering us to overcome all obstacles as we enter spring.

The arrival of spring offers us a tangible reminder of renewal and new beginnings. Just as nature emerges from its wintry sleep, we too can find rejuvenation and fresh hope in our lives through the love and grace that surrounds us. The season of spring mirrors the renewal and hope we experience through faith, reminding us that we too can find new beginnings and fresh hope in our lives. It is in this season that we are reminded of the love and grace of Jesus and the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, offering us renewal and hope that follows the Ester resurrection. So let us embark on this journey with hearts fortified by hope, minds resilient in the face of challenges, and spirits buoyed by unwavering courage, guided by the Holy Spirit. May this month reaffirm a testament to our resilience and unyielding faith.  

Rev Mark James

Associate Priest

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