Letter from the Rector




Dear Friends

​We are moving into the time of year when we do a lot of looking back, not least because we begin to miss the long warm days of summer.  In church and school we give thanks for the harvest, for all that has been produced from the fields, the seas, under the ground and from creative minds, all through God's grace.  By looking back at what has been we also look forward to what can be, since each seed from this harvest has the potential to produce far more in its turn.  In the same way, the creative mind, once triggered can begin a landslide of new ideas.  What the past has given us we can take forward and use for a greater good.

We also look back at this time of year to family members who have died as we remember them especially on All Souls Day, November 2nd.  We consider the legacy they have left which travels forward with us, stretching into the future.  No-one, of any age, leaves this world without making an impact in some way because one life is always intertwined with so many others.  It is up to us to use what they gave us to produce a greater harvest.

We look back, also in November, and remember the sacrifices of war, honouring those who died and trying to use the horror of what many endured to seek peace for the future.

It was good hear that following the recent troubles in Charlottesville, Barack Obama had quoted Nelson Mandela's famous words 'No-one is born hating another person because of his background or religion.  People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.'  So again we look to the past to help us learn to move forward into the future in a better way.

For Christians that is something that is constantly available through the love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus.  Our sins are forgiven so that we can move forward, constantly trying to produce a better harvest of love, joy, peace, great-heartedness, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Most of us fail constantly but we are always forgiven and so we can try again and that is surely a thought worth taking into the future.

With very best wishes to you all,


Sue Harris
Lay Minister at St Mary's
September/October 2017





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