My dear friends, We are more than halfway through the year. This has been no ordinary year so far, the whole country is in sombre reflection at the great sadness that has crushed our hearts leaving us all asking why? The shock and suffering is relentless.
Communities are trying pulling together though the people in authority still seem in a state of confusion. Lets all pray for peace and those affected by these tragedies.
The leaders of the Church of England have called for an urgent debate on the state of the country after recent terror attacks, the Grenfell Tower fire and the dubious election result saying this is a “critical time in the nation’s history”.
The archbishops of Canterbury and York have taken the unusual step of exercising their powers to insist on the debate at this month’s Synod, a four-day meeting of the church’s ruling body in York.
They said: “The recent general election has left many questions unanswered about the shape and priorities of our government at a critical time in the nation’s history.”
The archbishops call for prayers “for all those elected to parliament, that they will prioritise the common good of all people in everything they do, especially in negotiations between parties to secure support for a legislative programme”. Their motion asks “Christians everywhere to put pressure on politicians of all parties to put the cohesion of the nation and its communities at the heart of their programmes”.
Christians should to “pray for courage, for our political leaders as they face the constraints and opportunities of uncertainty and weakness, and for the people of the nation as they too face unprecedented questions about the future”. At Home here in St Cyprian’s we have had an interesting time. The T S Eliot centenary was a great success, with lively presentations from both Bishop Rowan Williams and Bishop Richard Harries.
The girls from Francis Holland School read beautifully extracts from Eliot’s writings and their choir also led us in Choral Evensong & Benediction with Bishop Rowan giving the Benediction.
The Archdeacon joined us for our Dedication Festival on the 2nd and also licensed me to the Parish.
There is much for us to be thinking about. We need to firm up our commitment to Mission, to youth ministry, to our administration, the use of our building, the state of our building, and many other things.
To do this we need your time, talents and money. A start would be to encourage each of us to be more regular in our attendance at Mass, both on Sundays, and when weekday celebrations are scheduled.
We must increase our income especially as we are facing a potential massive increase in our Common Fund assessment. Regular giving by Standing Order would help us immensely. It would also save you having to carry £50 notes en route to church. We have no access to funds other than is raised by the congregation.
There are all sorts of little jobs that need doing around the church, cleaning brass, dusting ledges, upkeep of the planters, helping with refreshments and so on. Have you thought how you might help?