This Month's Message

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My Life is my Message." Mahatma Gandhi

Revd. Judith Pollard

Team Vicar

                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2019

 

 

“God, kindle Thou in my heart within a flame of love to my neighbour, to my foe, my friend, my kindred all; to the brave, the knave and to the thrall.                                                     From the lowliest thing that liveth to the name that is highest of all.”   Gaelic Prayer

I visited the dentist today and as I sat in the chair having a filling I thought of that scene in the film Marathon Man where Laurence Olivier repeatedly asks Dustin Hoffman: “Is it safe?”

Sadly, I’ve come to the conclusion that, for a multitude of reasons, it really isn’t safe at all. I feel decidedly unsafe.

Hallowe’en, October 31st, seems ominously, appropriately prescient as we seek to extricate ourselves from our complex relationship with the European Union, built up over forty years of shared legislation. If only the outcome of Brexit was as straightforward and dependable as a child’s game of “trick or treat?” 

Most people I speak to are heartily sick of the current alarming, unpredictable situation. We urgently need support and encouragement as a nation when our United Kingdom seems more racked by disunity with every passing day. 

We can’t fix this without help from our friends, allies and neighbours in Europe but most of all we need God’s reconciling love to repair the many divisions that have appeared across our country. The church has historically been a unifying force in times of national crisis. Archbishop Justin Welby has conditionally agreed to chair a Citizens’ Forum in Coventry so that differing voices can be heard: in August many bishops signed an open letter to the country affirming their support for reconciliation.

We are fortunate to be able to turn to the Bible for solace and in Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount we find the blessed reassurance of the Beatitudes: Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth, blessed are the peacemakers, the pure in heart, the righteous, the merciful. We need to be true to ourselves and our own convictions - but also kind and generous to others who hold different views.

We see our lives unravel in the shadow of history. Different phases of life - Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages”  of humankind from cradle to grave -?  - are interspersed by moments of transition. 

As a Diocese we are currently in a period of transition. We will soon be welcoming a new Diocesan Bishop to succeed Bishop Graham James. Our new Bishop has a background as an ecologist and is also called Graham: Graham Barham Usher. He will officially take charge at a special service in Norwich Cathedral on November 9th and local congregations will meet him at a special service in King’s Lynn Minster on 27th November at 7pm. Last week a number of our churches here in west Norfolk were privileged to meet with him as he made a whistle-stop tour of our Deanery of Lynn – and on his birthday too. (We did sing “Happy Birthday!”)

We look forward with great anticipation to a new and exciting time for Norwich Diocese. Let us move forward together, confident that peace, justice and love will always prevail.                                                      

‘Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace.’  Amen -  so be it.  

With God’s blessing, 

Reverend Judith

 

 

 

 


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