3rd June. Day of Prayer at St.Richard’s as part of the National “Thy Kingdom Come” initiative. Open all day from 9.30am to 5pm there will be opportunities to pray together (Morning Prayer at 9.30, Holy Communion 12noon, Evening Prayer 4.30pm) and by yourself. Prayer Activities are available to help focus our prayers. Drop in throughout the day.
13th June 7.30pm Deanery Synod
17th June Summer fete incorporating Messy Church. 2-5pm come and join us for bouncy castle, games, arty stuff, cakes and bar b que. Fun for all the family. In aid of church funds.
I write a week after the terrible bombing in Manchester, two weeks before the General Election and with my mind full of planning for the “Thy Kingdom Come” prayer day. There is a baptism to prepare for, a wedding to conduct and the sick to visit.
The words from the old prayer book “In the midst of life we are in death” come to mind.
One persons season of celebration is contrasted with another’s period of grief or suffering. The work of the politicians goes alongside the daily routine of work, family, cooking and cleaning.
Our common humanity joins us across all paths of life and as we face tragedy we can know, we are not alone. Our God has walked that way in Jesus and is even now walking alongside us, not least in the shoes of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
We can and do grieve with the suffering, we celebrate with the joyful and take our place in the political world as we vote for our and our family’s futures. As we do so can we use those words of the prayer that Jesus taught us and say “Thy Kingdom Come” as we seek a world where the grace of Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit reign.