Church of England Diocese of Coventry Honiley & Wroxall

Rectors Message 19 November 2020

19 Nov 2020, 11:45 a.m.

Rector’s Message

<div>The comedian and panto star, Julian Clary was asked what he would include as an 8th deadly sin. He replies; ‘Bureaucracy’. I think if I was asked the same question, I would answer, ‘Complacency, -’ taking things for granted.<div>
</div><div>We the Covid generation recognise together in a new way the preciousness of life. As Christians, we have sometimes perhaps read casually some of the parables of Jesus about the urgency to seek God, live lives of thanksgiving and build our lives on rock not sand. We have to be reawakened to the truth of Jesus’ teaching and the reality of God’s love. At Hatton church in recent weeks the church has been open each Saturday for private prayer between 9.30 and 10.30. It is totally inspiring to me to be alongside others whose thirst for God remains unquenched and whose trust in God is undiminished. Paradoxically the Church today is mirroring something that can be found throughout the pages of Church history A page was turned last Saturday as we marked the 80th anniversary of the destruction of Coventry and its cathedral, which took place on 14th November 1940 .The morning after the devastating bombing raid, the Provost, Canon Howard, chalked on the wall behind the main altar exposed in the shell of the destroyed cathedral the words ‘Father Forgive’. He was Provost from1933 until 1958. He witnessed the transformation from the city’s and cathedrals’s worst nightmare transformed into their finest hour with the building of the new cathedral with its cornerstone being laid by Her Majesty the Queen.</div></div><div>Four opportunities to feed our souls and worship God:</div><div>Each Thursday Karen Walker hosts on Zoom at 11 am an inspiring Bible study rooted in the riches of our Old Testament tradition</div><div>Each Thursday Jude Palmer hosts on Zoom the saying of Compline, an ancient and beautiful monastic service.</div><div>Each Saturday 9.30 - 10.30 Holy Trinity Hatton is open for a prayer vigil hosted by Liz Mc Sporran Bates.</div><div>Sunday 29th November at 10 am Carole Milligan hosts a Parish Communion Service on Zoom. It will be Advent Sunday when God’s Church begins its preparations for the feast of Christmas, celebrating the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ</div><div>Keith Mobberley</div>