What times we are living through these days! The astronaut
Tim Peake is returning to earth to find the country mourning the humanitarian M.P. Jo Cox. As her words in Partiament are
relayed across this country, we hear her talking about loneliness, child poverty at home and abroad, about having more in
common with one another than we realise, and we can ask the question, why did none of us hear more about her. Do we look in
the wrong places for our news, preferring the cut and thrust of social and political differences to the wealth of goodness
that is never reported.
I don't of course have the answers to how we change direction
if indeed we want to do so. But I think we can notice that the things that matter in this life are often hidden beneath the
surface, not obvious at all. We each of us, you and me, have only one life to see beneath the surface what is important and
to do all we can to support and cherish it.
I am sorry to tell you if
you don't know already, that I have decided to leave this group of churches. My last day will be 4th September. I am not
going because I have not loved being here among you. How could I not have been honoured to know you, harmonious and kind as
our communities undoubtedly are. Thank you for your support and for the kindness many have shown me and my family. But I can
only give at most another two years when what is needed is a new Rector who can be here far longer. Change in our churches
is happening and new leadership is needed.
Two dates for the diary when
Bishop John is coming to lead important services:
July 22nd at 4.00 p.m. at
St Martin's church, Litchborough - a service to license our new lay Reader Paul Stothard. Alterations in the church will
be blessed. Tea at the Old Rectory by invitation of Mr and Mrs Sykes will follow. If you can let me know
if you are coming, sandwich making will be made easier but all are welcome anyway.
3rd at 3.30 p.m. a service of Confirmation at All Saints' church Adstone. If you would like to be confirmed, give me a
ring and I will help you to prepare.
With my love and prayers,