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Rector’s Letter – October 2021
‘Christ Centred – Community led’
As I watched on TV the anguished scenes of the mass withdrawal of western forces and of the evacuation of women and children from Afghanistan, following 20 years of western intervention, my initial thoughts went immediately to a quote from Mother Teresa on helping the most vulnerable, ‘We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.’ Even though our forces have left that country, aid agencies such as Christian Aid with their local partners are still active in Afghanistan working to provide emergency shelter, education, food, drinking water and access to healthcare. As a Church we will be supporting Christian Aid, and rural refugee network which was set up locally in Petersfield and works on our Sussex border. If you would like to support our giving to these, do please be in touch, as every ‘drop’ counts!
With Mother Teresa’s words still echoing in my mind, please do join me in a prayer vigil (Wednesday 20th October 6.30pm in Rogate Church) for those preparing to attend ‘COP26’ in Glasgow, the UN climate conference at the end of the month, who are faced with what at times seems an impossible task – how to balance climate and economic needs. Our prayers, even silent, do make a huge difference. Give it a go! As we mark the feast of St Francis of Assisi (3rd October) with a ‘Songs of Praise’ and ‘Pet service’, we would do well to remember and make use of Francis’ greeting to all he met (animals and people alike), ‘Pax et Bonum’ or, “Peace and Goodness”, and for us who follow Christ, that should be ours too.
Whatever happens over the next few months, may we be a people of prayer, remembering the positives that have come through pandemic; an openness of heart and time to those in need both here and abroad. May we be an instrument of God’s ‘Goodness and Peace’ and bear the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. May these be our guiding lights as stewards of God’s creation as we rise to the challenges ahead with a right spirit within us.
Yours in Christ,
PS. Ann Tupper, a long-term parishioner who moved away to be nearer her family (several years ago) in Padstow, Cornwall, died last month. Many will remember Ann for her tireless work, taking Sunday School with Iona Wake Walker, Jane Mieville, and several others, over many years. She so enjoyed being around the young, catching up with their news, and with her infectious smile and quick wittedness drew her close to many. May she rest in peace and rise again in glory. Alleluia
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