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St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bodenham The Chancel, St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bodenham


Welcome Pilgrim to St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bodenham

The Lytch Gate, St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bodenham
Welcome to St Michael and All Angels' Church, Bodenham

Rector: Revd Paul Roberts 01568-797863 / rector@maundchurches.org.uk


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Mrs Vivien Moffitt 01568-797379
Mr Tom James-Moore 01568-797330


The Vicar's Monthly Message

30/06/2019

Dear Friends,

Well, how time flies! This month marks a year since I was installed as Rector of our group of churches. And what a year it has been! Like with all new positions one spends time learning names, who does what and, perhaps more particular to rural ministry, working out how to find churches tucked down country lanes or in farmyards. However far more importantly than what a person does is who they are… in church life, just as in any other part of life, we shouldn’t simply be defined as what we “do.” This process of getting to know people takes a lot longer, it involves a lot of listening and it is something that I have really enjoyed over this past year.

In John’s Gospel, Jesus was asked who he was and he responded with a series of images that pointed to an aspect of his mission and character. His seven “I am” sayings included that he was the bread of life, the light of the world, the good shepherd, the vine, the resurrection and the life. These things related to what he was doing or would do, but went much deeper than that.

In our world today, many of us are searching for identity; changing job or family circumstances may mean that we no longer “do” what we once “did” and are faced with searching questions about who we are. If I’ve learned anything in my first 12 months here, it is that when we invite God into this questioning, we find a deeper meaning and purpose. These are questions we wrestle with Sunday by Sunday in order to support our everyday lives – you’d be very welcome to join us in our wrestling!

The prophet Jeremiah, speaking to a people in exile, themselves searching for identity, wrote these words:

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.”

Wishing you every blessing for a peaceful summer,

Paul

 

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