Vicar's Blog

It is a social custom to express appreciation for a kindness done. When a ‘thank you’ is not forthcoming we can feel taken for granted, used, or explain it as a lack of social awareness. At a deeper level though, saying ‘thanks’ is more than a social custom. Depending on the extent of favour or sacrifice given, it is an outflow from the heart that is moved by the generosity and thoughtfulness of the one whose act of kindness has touched us. It evokes a desire to reciprocate, to honour and bless the person for what they have done for us. Whether by gift or word, gratitude expressed complements and completes the act of kindness. Some years ago the writer C.S. Lewis pointed out the dilemma of the atheist – when moved by the beauty of a sunset or any one of the intricacies of nature, to whom do they give thanks? Gratitude is a very human instinct, and it is most natural to be offered to our Creator from whom all life in its marvellous complexity and beauty has come. Even more so is

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Prayer is the language of heaven – the communication line with between ordinary people and an amazing God. Let’s explore it – this source of companionship and of power to change things, both ourselves and the world God has given us! During Lent our aim is that everyone will experience the blessing of someone praying for them, and that we also will know the joy of praying for someone else.

To this end numerous opportunities will be provided – during our Sunday services throughout Lent as well as a special evening time in which we all come together  - Wednesday March 4th, 7.30-9.15pm.

We also want to learn from one another and be inspired by hearing stories from each other about our experience of prayer. We are inviting ‘100 stories of prayer’ to be collected from this congregation of what has been meaningful or impacting on you in relation to your practice of prayer.

This may be a simple answer to prayer, a learning you have made, or a practice that you have found helpful. It may be

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