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The Lambfold Benefice

A group of five Anglican rural parishes

in the geographical centre of England


JUNE 2018


Well it was quite a month last month. I suspect that many of you, like me, were a little confused if not perplexed to find Blakesley virtually cut off, marooned in an island of red or yellow traffic signs de barring entry. ‘How do we get into, or even through, Blakesley?’ became quite a familiar question. On occasions those of us who did get out of Blakesley, were, at times, then faced with the question and indeed problem of ‘how do we get back in?’ How do we find the way? Fortunately normal service has now been resumed and we are once again joined to the rest of the Lambfold Benefice, the County and Country.

On Saturday 19th The Lambfold Benefice and the Country were largely united and gripped by coverage of ‘The Wedding’;- Starring Royals , young and old , featuring ‘A’ list celebrities amongst the great and the good, and woven together with a good dose of British Pomp, Ceremony and military precision. -And then of course ‘that sermon!’ a 14 minute ‘tour de force’, and if facial expressions were anything to go by, it was rather like ‘Marmite’ and had a very mixed reception, (Elton John’s facial expression was a picture!) Love it or loathe it- at heart of it was a timeless and important message to us all. That Love is the way, the way to better life, better communities and a better world. And as his ‘Most Reverend Episcopal self’ enthusiastically declaimed and gesticulated in St Georges Chapel (who else was having a wager on ‘would he finish before he accidently set his robes alight?’) on Saturday. Love - self giving charitable love - is at the very heart of human existence and the Christian Gospel Without Love, charity or care and concern for others we can become cut off from others and lose our way, or as St Paul put it in his first epistle to the Church at Corinth, without love we are ‘nothing more than a sounding brass a tinkling cymbal ‘ Seeking only to gratify and fulfil ourselves, and our own agendas. But, to quote his Most Reverend self, ’Because when love is the way, we actually treat each other well, -like we are actually a family’.

It was fitting, perhaps only by chance and Royal diaries, but fitting none the less that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married the day before the Christian Church celebrated the Feast of Pentecost, when we remember the gift of the Holy Spirit and the start of the Christian Church. As one of the great hymns written for that festival starts ‘Come down O love Divine, seek thou this soul o’ mine,’ and then goes on to say; ’Let holy charity, my outward vesture be and lowliness become my inner clothing.’ If we can each allow that to happen in our lives then we will never be cut off from each other, we will never have to ask the way to true human happiness and existence, and who knows each in our own way, we might actually begin to change the world for the better.

Fr Tim

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