Rector's letter

May 2017 letter

Dear Friends,

I usually try to resist starting these letters: “As I write this...”, but not on this occasion.

As I write this, I have just returned from the Maundy Thursday service (at Guestwick this year for our Group of churches). It’s the day, of course, when we remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends, the night before he was executed.  We also remember how he washed his disciples’ feet before the meal began. It was an act of love and service.

Well – as you read this – Easter is behind us and all traces of Easter Eggs gone. Christians celebrate Easter, not just once a year, but every week. Because Sunday is the day of Resurrection, a weekly reminder that we live in a ‘new’ era, because of the hope we have in Jesus.

That hope may feel fragile in our tortured world. It may feel fragile in our personal lives, because of the storms that can hit us. How do we see a way through all this darkness? Prayer? Really?

On Saturday 13th May, there is a Prayer Workshop Day in Reepham. We will be exploring different styles of prayer – praying alone, praying in groups, praying with music... There are many different approaches and each of us will respond to one and struggle with another. But our common aim is to create an environment where we can spend time communing with God and listening for his ‘voice’.  We sense his presence in our lives; we listen to Jesus’ teaching; and we try to respond, using the gifts that God has given us.

One of the joys of village life is that we experience ‘acts of love and service’ at every turn. From a warm greeting in our streets and lanes, to offers of practical help; from the numbers of volunteers who run coffee mornings and other events, to those who support families in their hour of greatest need by attending the funeral of a loved-one. 

Give yourself a few minutes in your day to pause and reflect – to pray – and you may well be surprised and encouraged by what you ‘hear’.

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Yours, in his name,

Revd Sally

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