Rector's letter - July 2019

Dear Friends,

After a very wet June, perhaps we can hope for some Summer sunshine in July? But we needed the rain, didn’t we?

In the days between Ascension (30th May) and Pentecost (9th June), the churches were engaged in a global prayer initiative called Thy Kingdom come, based on the Lord’s Prayer. It started with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York three years ago, but has now become world-wide, in at least 114 countries and across many Christian denominations.

The idea is to pray for God’s Holy Spirit to work powerfully in our communities, so that people would come to know the love God has for them in their own lives.

In the Heart of Norfolk Group, we met for prayer on each of those eight of those nine days in different churches across the Group. Some of these prayer meetings were between just two people; one of them involved a whole School gathering, with the children ‘mapping’ their village and making prayer-bunting to pray for their friends, families and neighbours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-incidentally, as these prayer-meetings were taking place, Pope Francis raised the question of the wording in the Lord’s Prayer: Lead us not into temptation. He was suggesting that this petition suggests that God might indeed lead us into temptation, yet that is the work of the Devil! The Pope’s alternative wording is Do not let us fall into temptation, which he feels is closer to the original text.

Spending time looking at each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer and thinking about what they may mean to us and how we live our lives, is a richly-rewarding experience.

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us is both a beautiful and powerful challenge. True forgiveness can be really hard when we’ve been badly hurt, but holding onto feelings of bitterness works against us in the end.

Jesus taught his disciples this prayer – and 2,000 years later, the Church worldwide is still praying it, and that’s a quite a statement in itself!

With my prayers and best wishes,

Revd Sally


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