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We have a new Rector!   The Reverend Alan Comfort was instituted by the Bishop of St. Albans at a service in St. Mary’s Standon on Tuesday 9th September.  We welcome him to his work with us. Please remember Alan and his family in your prayers as they settle into their new home.


An introductory message from our new Rector.

Several months have now passed since my interview in the Benefice. Those who ‘chose me’ on your behalf will be hoping, rather nervously perhaps, that they got it right, bearing in mind there isn’t a ‘cooling off’ period for new Rector’s! This got me thinking of the pressures we all face making choices. A new Rector? Will he be good enough for us?

What difficult questions to answer particularly when assessing and choosing people. To make this even more difficult you occasionally come across a person who has an unusually high view of their self. Many years ago, as a young footballer at QPR, my youth team coach George Graham refused to play another young apprentice Martin Allen. So, despite not being picked for a whole year for the youth team, Martin Allen knocked on the club managers door and announced that he was better than all of the players currently in the first team and would prove it if given a chance. What outrageous arrogance! Yes, but Terry Venables liked his ‘pluck’ and put him in the team! It is certainly a gift to be able to see through the words, experience, and confidence of others when deciding who is good enough!

Do you ever wonder whether you are ‘good enough’ for God? Does God have some kind of checklist? Are you kind enough; giving enough, polite enough; religious enough; prayerful enough? If God was like us, they might be some of the questions we imagine He would ask, but the Bible seems to be telling us something very different. Ephesians 1 v 4 tells us; ‘For He (God) chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.’ So God chose us, in Jesus, before we were even born. His choice not based on how good we are or whether He likes us, but how good His Son Jesus is. What a powerful image. God isn’t asking whether we are good enough at all. In fact, the bible reminds us that ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Rom 3 v 23). But God sees beyond our sin, in love, to His precious Son Jesus, who He gave up to death on a cross for us. What amazing love!

As we come to live among you as a family, our prayer is that your eyes will see through our strengths and weaknesses to the love and forgiveness of Jesus.



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Clergy: The Revd Alan COMFORT
A Church Near You ID: 7825
Built: Saxon
Archdeaconry: HERTFORD (323)
Deanery: BISHOPS STORTFORD (32302)
Parish Legal Name: Standon (320074 32/74)
CofE Church Info: (632074 32/74)
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St Mary : High Street, Off A120, Standon, Hertfordshire, SG11 1LA


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