Letter for September

This months contribution comes from Paul Harper

I don’t know if it is true, but it is said that the older you get, the faster time flies. I can vouch for that, I woke up the other day and discovered that it was nearly the deadline for the ‘Rector’s Letter’ for September, I didn’t want to incur the wrath of the editor!

September can be a strange month, the time when children go back to school, some going for the first time, others from Primary to Senior school, from being a big fish in a little pond, to being a little fish in a big pond, it is so important that we remember them all in our prayers.

It is also a time when many of our Church activities and groups resume after a summer break. In other words a time of ‘new beginnings’.

In his book ‘Beginning again’ the Rt. Revd. John Pritchard, formerly Bath & Wells Youth Officer, vicar of Wilton, recently retired as Bishop of Oxford suggests that we can all begin again, ‘With God;’ With Prayer; With the Bible; With the Church; With a Christian Lifestyle; With renewed study’.

I know that I could do with beginning again in all these areas, perhaps some more than others, how about you?

As we look forward to the coming days in our Church life, no doubt we will be busy with courses, meetings and fund-raising, but it is important that we keep a balance between ‘doing and being’.

Maybe we should follow the example of both Martha and Mary as we meet with the Lord Jesus Christ in Word and Sacrament.

As someone said, I don’t know who, “Today is the first day of the rest of my life!

Paul Harper