The Rector’s Letter for The Third Sunday before Advent, 7th November 2021

The Rector writes . .

 Dear sisters and brothers,

As I write the new boiler in the Rectory is making a valiant attempt to battle the autumnal turn in the weather, and the slightly befuddled operator of the control panel is beginning to understand how it actually works (or is suffering from delusions…)

In parish life planning is in full swing for our Advent and Christmas services, details for which will hopefully be included within this newsletter. All you would expect at Christmas will be happening (subject to the health of the nation), but some services will happen on a different day to what would have happened in the past. These decisions have been taken to make what we do sustainable for those involved in making them happen. I appreciate it might cause disappointment for some, but for many others it will give space to rest, or at least to catch up, and to be able to enter into the joy of the Incarnation.

Someone who had no time to stop and rest is Jesus and his disciples in our Gospel on Sunday. Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, James and John to a new life, a new purpose, a new understanding, at a moment’s notice. The world for these first followers will soon be turned upside down. But they still responded to the call, they responded in faith that the one who calls is able to fulfil the promises he has made.

Are we able to respond to the call Jesus has put upon our lives, are we able to go out into the world, to speak of the Good News, to show that the Kingdom has come near?

Are we able to be people of the Incarnation?

With all blessings,

Fr. Edward