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From the Rector
Just do it!
Are you a ‘doer’ or ‘thinker’? I like to think of myself as a ‘thinker’ but I’m probably more of a ‘doer’ if the truth be known! A ‘doer’ is someone who likes to get things done, being busy, taking risks when needed, who loves completing a long ‘to do’ list! The ‘thinker’ on the other hand, will carefully consider every detail, studying the various options over and over, often holding back from getting started. Most of us are probably a mix of the two in reality.
Mind you, I’m not sure if I was a ‘thinker’ when I met my wife Jill or simply ‘lazy’, but I soon realised she was always on the go. Once married I would sit down to relax watching TV and she would come hoovering around my feet saying she wished she had the time to sit around doing nothing! I soon learnt how to watch TV with a duster and polish in my hands!
You may be wondering what all this has to do with God as we begin our first Lent together in the Benefice. Now that is an important question that needs a very careful answer. We share a genuine excitement regarding the many different things the churches in the benefice are already plugged into and are thrilled by the willingness to run with a number of fresh ideas. We know that ‘doing’ lots doesn’t necessarily make things better or take people to a deeper place in God. Don’t you long for something deeper and more profound of God than just doing? Such a thought reminds us that we are more than what we do. In fact, being a Christian is so much more than what we do, even though doing is still pretty important as well. There is a verse in chapter 2 of St. Paul’s letter to the Christians at Ephesus that says: ‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no-one can boast.’ What an amazing verse. Faith is a gift of and from God. It’s not something we earn through being busier or better than others, it comes to us as we trust in Jesus, as we wait in His presence and seek to know Him more. Waiting rather than doing is an agony for some of us but vital if deeper places in God are to be found. I intend to read a little chunk of John’s gospel each day through Lent and invite you to wait with me. Praying for a fresh or new revelation of God’s incomparable love for us and those who live around us. Shall we do this together?
Alan Comfort, Rector
We hope you will join us at a service or some other activity in 2015. See News on the right for pieces on what is going on in the benefice, including our weekly news sheet and seasonal service list.
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