Pastoral Letter October 2020:  Revd Sue Cooper writes,

Dear Friends, as I write this letter, the weather has been glorious as summer turns into autumn.  I love everything about this time of year don’t you; especially the resplendent display that our fields and lanes provide us with.  The fields have been harvested and lay neatly ploughed, and the trees and hedgerows transform and glow into a golden riot of colour. It even feels great to get the Jeans and boots out again whilst still enjoying warm Autumn Sunshine.  The only thing I am not enjoying are the spiders as they make their way indoors!!!

The whole scene makes me want to jump for joy and say “Thank you God for all this goodness”.

In our Churches we have been celebrating Harvest festival.  This annual celebration is our way of saying “Thank you God for all this goodness”.  We thank God for the earth, the seed, the rain, and the sun; and we also thank God for the Farmers, Fishermen, industries, suppliers, retailers, and the workers that make up the food Chain.  Although Harvest Festival is an annual celebration, this year it has felt even more important to say thank you.  Whoever would have thought that this year we would need to see such a mammoth effort from all those involved in the food chain to keep the nation fed and supplied with food and goods, as they struggled to operate under lockdown and Covid conditions and restrictions.  Thank you to you all who are involved in the food chain, you really kept us going, and still are, with online deliveries increasing.  I learnt that more than 300,000 delivery slots have been added across the UK’s major supermarkets since the start of the Covid crisis, which fortunately has created many new jobs. 

It still strikes me though that at its most basic and traditional our Harvest Festival is about people saying thank you to God for the earth, the seed, the rain, and the Sun, without which nothing would grow and nothing and nobody would be fed.  It is humbling to acknowledge this.  Worldwide we are reliant on Gods goodness to supply our need for food and water, and without this we cannot survive; this should remind us of our fragile place in the Cosmos  

But this year more than ever we realise we are reliant on other people too.  Unless we live like Tom and Barbara in the old television sit com “The Good Life”, whose dream was to live  completely self-sufficiently, we are very reliant on others to help us put food on the table and water in our cups. This is humbling too.  We may have the money to buy food and water, but if there were none to purchase most of us would not survive as most of us are not self-sufficient.   

The truth is,,,,, we all need God to provide what we need to eat and drink,,,,, and we all need others to supply our needs. Thank you again to everyone who is involved in the food chain, supplying food and drink to our homes.  But seeing as we have all been able to reflect on our fragile place in the world this year due to the unexpected chaos that Coronavirus pandemic has wrought worldwide, Harvest is a good time to say “Thank you God for all this goodness”.  He is still providing for our needs,  he is still providing seed for the sower, and rain and sun to make it grow.  Thank you God.  God bless you all,

With love Rev Sue.

 

 

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.  Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is The Kingdom, The Power, and The Glory, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”. Galatians 5: 22-23


 

Please do contact me for help or prayer.

revsue.cooper@gmail.com

01869 810903



Email - revsue.cooper@gmail.com

Tel - 01869 810903


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