Message from the Minister – October 2019

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Message from the Minister – October 2019

Greetings to you all for this months Informer! I hope you
are enjoying something of the spring weather that has
been good and navigating your way through the wild
parts!
I am looking forward to the Floral Affair this month, as I
hear it is another way in which this community really
shines. Thank you especially to the hard working team
who are organising it and to all who will be contributing
in some way. Make sure you grab your tickets and
encourage family, friends and neighbours to come along.
Last month saw us share in one of our combined services
with Zion Hill and St Andrews – and it was something
quite different!
Many of you will be familiar with the episode of The
Vicar of Dibley, where they have an animal blessing
service and the church is packed with cows, horses, dogs,
birds, etc.
Well, there were only three dogs and one bird at our
combined service, but they all got on really well with each
other. People also brought photo’s of animals that were at
home, or had been part of their life story. Rev Robyn
Goudge brought a wonderful sermon about the things she
had learnt from her pet dog, including unconditional love,
not holding grudges, and joy.
It was a great service to not only say thank you to God for
the gift of animals, and to ask God’s blessing upon them,
but to also remember the role God gave us in Genesis to
be stewards of all living things. Our care for living
creatures is part of our divine calling. This is why it’s
good to get behind groups like the SPCA, and those that
help protect our endangered species. Plenty to think about
for sure.
Don’t forget the AGM is happening on the 20 th of October,
which will include looking at our Three Churches
possibilities going forward, so make sure you are there to
be part of some very important conversations.
God bless you this Spring and those you love and serve.
Grace and Peace
Matt


Psalm 24:1 “A Psalm of David. The earth is the
Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those
who dwell therein.”

The reason the Service for Blessing of the Animals was held at
this time of year is because October4 is celebrated as the Feast
Day of St Francis of Assisi.
He believed that nature itself was the mirror of God. He
called all creatures his “brothers” and “sisters”, and even
preached to the birds and supposedly persuaded a wolf to
stop attacking some locals if they agreed to feed the wolf. In
his Canticle of the Creatures (“Praises of Creatures” or
“Canticle of the Sun”), he mentioned the “Brother Sun” and
“Sister Moon”, the wind and water. His deep sense of
brotherhood under God embraced others, and he declared
that “he considered himself no friend of Christ if he did not
cherish those for whom Christ died”. (Wikipedia )