Church of England Diocese of Norwich Starston

This Week

7 Jan 2021, 10 a.m.
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This week's highlights:

Sunday 7th February 2021
0930 Holy Communion - Dickleburgh Meeting ID: 817 2234 7323 Passcode: 909069
1100 Morning Service - Pulham Market Meeting ID: 885 2373 7550 Passcode: 548990
1900 Celebration - See Verona for details
Tuesday 9th February
0800 Morning Prayer - Contact Sarah for details

1400 Guided Meditation Meeting ID: 901 745 1483 Passcode: 7HWk4r

1930 Pulham Market - Prayers Contact Jaap Biersteker (01379 608539) for details
Thursday 11th February
1930 Alpha Course - see John Adlam for details
Friday 12th February
2000 Compline - Contact Sarah for details

A Message from our Rector

Someone said to me the other day ‘I feel as if I have lost a year’. In many ways perhaps that is true as ordinary life has changed dramatically. However there has still been much activity be it behind closed doors and more time to try out new things. I have just invested in a new bread maker and am enjoying trying out making different types of bread. As I am working on my computer it is lovely to hear the machine busy in the background and smelling newly freshly baked bread.

One of the heroes of this pandemic has of course been Captain Tom Moore and it is of great sadness to hear that he died
earlier this week. He was though a great inspiration to many, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading his book which someone very kindly lent me. What is amazing about him was his ability to find good in whatever situation he found himself and a willingness to live life to the full whatever experience he had to endure.

Living life to the full is of course at the heart of the Christian message. In the Gospel Jesus is noticeably clear about this when He said: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). The thief could be interpreted to mean all the things that cause pain and suffering within the world but our faith in
Jesus enables us to be able to look beyond all of this, trusting in the providence and love of God who will enable us to live lives as creatively as possible even during despair, loneliness, and lack of normality.

Captain Tom Moore’s book is entitled ‘Tomorrow will be a better day’ and the positivity of his life and Christian faith showed that he really did believe this. His little venture of raising money for the NHS (at the start of the pandemic) of course grew into something much bigger which was amazing. Due to this but also to his inspirational character I am sure he will be a person who is remembered in the history books.

Captain Tom is just one person who has been a great hero but there are many others too, some of whom have been awfully close to us but have sadly died recently. These special people of course live on within our memories, through all that they taught us and through the love that we still have for them. Our loving Lord will receive them into the eternal kingdom of
Heaven and pray these wonderful words for them from the Nunc Dimmitis:

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to Thy word. For mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou has prepared before the face of all people; to be a light to lighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of Thy people Israel.

May God bless all those who have recently died, and we treasure their memories and thank God for all that they gave to us in their earthly lives.

As usual please do get in touch with me if you would like a chat about anything and I hope that you have a good week.

God bless. Sarah