Vicar's Newsletter 

16/02/2024

Good morning, good morning, good morning!

Yep, it’s that Friday feeling today – and just what is that? A heightened anticipation of the weekend I am told, but what are you doing this weekend that gives you that feeling of anticipation? I’m going to the Sunday service at 10.30 in church and I’m also going to watch the film ”The King’s Speech” on Sunday at 2pm in the hall. I’m going it’ll be good, why not come with me?

 

Today’s reading.....

 

Reading

Matthew 26.36-38

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Reflection

There is a long and unfortunate convention – in the Christian tradition and far beyond it – of associating darkness and hiddenness only with evil, fear and danger. Simplistic notions that light exclusively represents truth, holiness, goodness, and godliness – and darkness always their opposites – limit the wonderful ways in which we can encounter the beauty and majesty of God across the diversity of our world.

At the start of Lent Christians often revisit the stories of God creating human beings “from the dust of the earth”. Today’s reading takes us back even further, to when – from “the formless void” – first the heavens and the earth are created, followed by human beings and all other creatures. This great work of God begins in the hidden and the unfathomable. Far from being bad, darkness is where God’s most mighty work is done.

Watch

Be open today to seeing darkness as somewhere God is at work.
 

...and pray

That you might discover God in new and unfamiliar places this Lent.

 

Today’s prayers.....

 

Holy God,                                                                                                                                                                                             our lives are laid open before you:  

rescue us from the chaos of sin and through the death of your Son   

bring us healing and make us whole in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

And please pray for King Charles

 

 

 

**Please note, there will be no morning prayers next week, but please keep the prayers going, especially for those dear friends named, they really need our prayers.

 

Have a good weekend, see you Sunday and a great week next week.

 

Rev Rie