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From the Rector
Just before we arrived in Standon, I had the extraordinary privilege of helping to lead a group of 200+ Leyton Orient fans on a trip to the Somme in France, (not quite David Payne’s Peterborough but nearly as good!) To Orient’s credit, they were the first professional football club in England whose team and staff joined up to fight in the 1st World War. They became part of the Footballer’s Battalion and sadly three of their players lost their lives. This proud pilgrimage remembered their courageous stories whilst being surrounded on every side by thousands of similar stories. At one memorial in Thiepval, I led a service surrounded by the names of 73,000 men. Their bodies were never found but their names will never be forgotten!
On Sunday 9th November, we will remember all those who lost their lives protecting our land during the two World Wars and all other conflicts since. As part of our services we will remember by name all those who paid the ultimate price from our local community, so come as we remember together.
Life is complicated isn’t it? Surely, with such devastating memories of conflict we would learn our lesson? Yet Syria and the frightening rise of ISIS head up a long list of avoidable conflicts and loss of life since. If you’re like me, you have lots of questions? Questions about faith in God are just as important to ask and sometimes just as difficult to answer this side of heaven. Yet, asking questions and finding some answers together can help. In one of the most famous passages of the Bible (John Ch. 3) a leader of the Pharisee’s named Nicodemus came secretly to ask questions of Jesus. Jesus answered Nicodemus’ questions but we don’t know what Nicodemus did. Perhaps he had more questions, or needed to go away and think it through. We all need the space to work things through at times, but the Christian faith has never been afraid of difficult questions. We know nothing else about Nicodemus until his name appears again in John Ch. 20. As the broken body of Jesus is taken down from the cross and given to Joseph of Arimathea, we read; ‘he was accompanied by Nicodemus, and they together prepared Jesus for burial’.
Like Nicodemus, do you have questions about believing in God? Why not join us for an Alpha Course starting on Tuesday 13th January 7.30pm and running for ten weeks at the Vicarage. The Alpha Course explores the main themes of the Christian faith allowing us the space to ask our questions. Places are limited so why not book now. ([email protected] // or ring 01920 318864)
We hope you will join us at a service or some other activity. See News on the right for pieces on what is going on in the benefice, including our weekly news sheet and seasonal service list.
May all who visit our ancient Church of St Catherine experience the peace of Jesus Christ, which has inspired the worship of Almighty God through the generations in Sacombe.
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