Dear Friends,

 

First of all, we look back to May and June with thanks. For the Christian Aid Collections across the parishes and for the higher profile for this most important part of our Christian witness. We give thanks also for the launch of Accompanied Ministry Development (AMD) in Tywardreath supported by the parishes of Par and Charlestown who sent representatives to the meeting recently held at St Andrews. Bishop Christ explained that it was about discovering God’s kingdom and growing the Church and that he wanted to encourage all our parishes to flourish. The idea here is to equip and accompany churches and their clergy as they seek to rise to the challenge of growth.


 

So, what about July? Well we have started on the long procession of Sundays after Trinity. The colour of the vestments is neutral green. The excitement and pageantry of the major festivals is over, and it seems a long time till next Advent, when the cycle of the Church’s year will start over again. We sometimes think of it as a dull time. But it isn’t just a bank period which has never been filled in. This is a time when we try to assimilate the truths we have considered. When we try to work out in our day to day practice what Christian faith should mean to us, and what God expects of us. It is our faithful day to day unspectacular devotion which provides the truest indication of the reality of our faith in Christ Jesus.

 

Trinity is a time for making the effort to glimpse the infinite, to put into words the truth that is beyond words, for testing our picture of God, and understanding of God, to make sure it hasn’t narrowed. We pray that we will have a healthy and happy relationship with God, the universe, and with life. That God will help us to use our capacity for wonder, a respect for all created things, a respect for other people, and sensitivity to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

 

Your Friend and Parish Priest

 

Father David

 

Dear Friends,

First of all, we look back to May and June with thanks. For the Christian Aid Collections across the parishes and for the higher profile for this most important part of our Christian witness. We give thanks also for the launch of Accompanied Ministry Development (AMD) in Tywardreath supported by the parishes of Par and Charlestown who sent representatives to the meeting recently held at St Andrews. Bishop Christ explained that it was about discovering God’s kingdom and growing the Church and that he wanted to encourage all our parishes to flourish. The idea here is to equip and accompany churches and their clergy as they seek to rise to the challenge of growth.

 

So, what about July? Well we have started on the long procession of Sundays after Trinity. The colour of the vestments is neutral green. The excitement and pageantry of the major festivals is over, and it seems a long time till next Advent, when the cycle of the Church’s year will start over again. We sometimes think of it as a dull time. But it isn’t just a bank period which has never been filled in. This is a time when we try to assimilate the truths we have considered. When we try to work out in our day to day practice what Christian faith should mean to us, and what God expects of us. It is our faithful day to day unspectacular devotion which provides the truest indication of the reality of our faith in Christ Jesus.

Trinity is a time for making the effort to glimpse the infinite, to put into words the truth that is beyond words, for testing our picture of God, and understanding of God, to make sure it hasn’t narrowed. We pray that we will have a healthy and happy relationship with God, the universe, and with life. That God will help us to use our capacity for wonder, a respect for all created things, a respect for other people, and sensitivity to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Your Friend and Parish Priest

Father David