This week's highlights:
Services continue through zoom, and at least one church is open each week for a live service. This week the main service is at 9.30am at Dickleburgh. Please ring the Rector 01379 676921 for the Zoom link.
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A Message from Our Rector, Sarah
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
This week I would like to go further back in time, right to the very beginning, of Christianity to speak about the wisdom and inspiration of St. Paul. He was both Jewish and a Roman citizen and in his early life took part in the persecution of Christians. However he underwent a dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus and from this experience became a committed
Christian and one of the most influential teachers in the history of Christianity and is well known for being the chief pioneer for sharing the Gospel to the Gentiles.
One of St. Paul’s most well-known passages from the Bible is of course 1 Corinthians 13 about love. It is truly an inspirational passage and one which is useful to keep looking and reflecting over. One verse that is particularly relevant during this
pandemic is verse 7 which states: ‘Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.’ As I write this there are people who for the sake of others are continuing to work on developing a safe vaccine, and other treatments to heal and
protect people. Their work may at times may be extremely stressful and demanding but they are not giving up but patiently continuing to work sometimes really long hours because they care about the health of our nation and worldwide society.
The new restrictions that the Prime Minister has announced this week may indeed affect our ordinary lives but they have been put into place to protect people from this terrible disease. In order to love then, as St. Paul states there sometimes needs to be great patience for the sake of the other.
These are just a couple of examples of how the attributes of love that St. Paul describes is being lived out today. There are many others too that could be described from personal and shared experience from our Benefice. Of course, the source of love originates from our compassionate and generous God who understands and cares about our deep needs as well as rejoices with us in our happiness. As the numbers of Covid-19 cases are increasing sharply which is rather alarming and worrying please remember to keep hold of these words of St. Paul knowing that God who loves us all dearly will never give up on us. The love and care too we see and receive from so many others help provide hope for the future.
As ordinary live begins to become more isolating once again then please keep hopeful and positive and remember that ‘Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.’
May God bless you this week and as always please do not hesitate to give me a ring if you would like to have a chat.