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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


Churchwardens:

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


In the aftermath of the flooding of the Church, services will be held in the School until further notice.

The Vicar's Monthly Message

19/01/2020

Dear Friends

I have always struggled with the February as a month. Christmas seems a distant memory, January has been battled through with its long dark nights and indifferent weather… and then February comes along and it seems as though we have another month of gloom. At least it is a short month! Though this year being a leap year, we have to wait another day until March with its promise of spring comes along. Perhaps if I had a birthday in February or something else to “look forward” to, it would seem easier to bear.

How we spend the time between birthdays, festivals and holidays is something that we do well to think about, for it is really a question of how we spend the majority of our time. Do we constantly look forward to the next event, running the risk of “wishing our life away”, or are we so caught up in the everyday that important days and deadlines descend upon us from a great height?

As with much of life, I am sure there is a balance to be struck between the two, but this is often easier said than done. Church life is organised around the seasons, recounting the highlights of Jesus’ life and ministry – Christmas, Easter, Pentecost – with periods of preparation programmed in beforehand. February marks a period of “ordinary” time before the season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (this year 26th February). Ordinary coming from a word meaning counted (like ordinal) not “commonplace” (or boring!). So perhaps this is a month to try to find the balance between our daily tasks and looking ahead. I find a prayer used daily in morning prayer helps to centre me on God in my everyday:

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever. Amen.

I invite you to be still and try praying this prayer in the midst of life’s busyness.

This year our Lent Course will take the theme of finding God in our everyday lives. We will meet on Thursday afternoons, with parallel sessions for those of working age. Do check out the posters around the churches for more details. And our Ash Wednesday takes place at Sutton St Nicholas at 7pm. All most welcome.

With every blessing

Paul
 

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