From the Rectory
October 2010

Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord, let light perpetual shine upon them. May they rest in peace.

We are approaching the season of Remembering in the Christian Church; a time when we give thanks for all the departed, those we know personally and those known to others. We also remember all who gave up their lives in time of war and we celebrate with thanksgiving the lives and witness of the saints.

We will be holding our annual Service for the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed on Sunday 31st. October. We will give thanks for our dear departed loved ones and for their many gifts and talents.

Please add the full names of those you wish to be remembered by name at this Service on the list at the back of the Church. Although this Service is held at Christ Church it is open to anyone who would like to remember their departed loved ones, so please invite anyone that you know who might like to join us for this important act of remembrance.

We will also hold an Act of Remembrance on Sunday 14th. November, Remembrance Sunday, and will once again have the services of a trumpeter to sound Reveille. All of these are signposts in the Christian year which ultimately lead us into Advent and Christmas, when we remember the birth of the Christ Child. I make no apology for mentioning this so early, I have already written the Advent Study Course, and have an eye to the Lent Study Course for next year!

1 Corinthians 7:7 - But each has a particular gift from God, one having one kind and another a different one.

We all have gifts and talents to celebrate. The recent Arts Festival revealed many hitherto hidden talents. There were displays of Crochet, knitting, quilting, photography, and painting. There was also a display of poetry and artwork by ex-offenders. I hope to invite Charlie Ryder who arranged the display to talk to the congregation at some point. It was a very interesting addition to the work of our local artists.

I thank all who offered work for display and sale or who provided music throughout the day. For those who believe that they have no artistic talent remember that the work on display would have little meaning without someone to appreciate it. Perhaps that is your talent, one of appreciation and in expressing appreciation you are passing on a wonderful gift.

Yours for Christ's sake.