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Dear Friends

This season of spring has been a wonderful time of year once again. It rarely disappoints. The blossom has been gorgeous and the scent of new growth in the air has been a joy to the eye and to the nose. The ears too have been serenaded by birdsong. In the little lane by our house as we walk the dog early in the morning, it can be like walking with the very best stereo surround sound clamped to your ears. Breathtaking and glorious assault on our senses!

Whilst I am in this reflective mood about the joys of spring, Sheila and I count ourselves lucky to be able to see and hear new or different nature treats on our visits to France. We make lists and have recently added black kites, heard and seen migrating storks, the beautiful song of the nightingale, Swallow Tail butterfly's, Duke of Burgundy butterfly, fire salamanders, and a wild boar – actually we didn't see him, rather we heard him disconcertedly close by in the hedge as we walked at night!

Continuing this theme of the wonder of nature, I was heartened by a story that emerged recently of a butterfly sanctuary in the USA. The headline said, “How butterflies are fighting Trump's border wall” It has a sort of David and Goliath flavour to it. Brute strength and size versus weakness, vulnerability and delicateness. It seems that the wall or part of it, might find its nemesis in the humble, beautiful butterfly. The National Butterfly Centre in the
Rio Grande, Texas would be a casualty of the bulldozers if the wall were to be built through its middle. The fight to protect the Centre continues at present in the courts. I happily acknowledge to being on the side of the underdog in this. Delicacy and the beauty of nature over steel and the bulldozers every time!

The big things and big issues of life may seem beyond our influence or control. The things of nature however... the birdsong, the flowers, butterflies etc.... these things we can surely all delight in and simply stand, listen and wonder at the glory that we have all around us.

On 8th May the Christian church remembers and celebrates the life of Mother Julian of Norwich, a 14th Century mystic and anchoress. She wrote about her revelations of Jesus Christ, in the book, “Divine Revelations of Love”. There she reflected on the littlest and most vulnerable wonders of nature. In all things she saw the nature of God....and delighted in it.

 

And in this he showed me a little thing, the quantity of a hazel nut, lying in the palm of my hand, as it seemed. And it was as round as any ball. I looked upon it with the eye of my understanding, and thought, ‘What may this be?’ And it was answered generally thus, ‘It is all that is made.’ I marvelled how it might last, for I thought it might suddenly have fallen to nothing for littleness. And I was answered in my understanding: It lasts and ever shall, for God loves it. And so have all things their beginning by the love of God.

In this little thing I saw three properties. The first is that God made it. The second that God loves it. And the third, that God keeps it.”

Julian of Norwich,

Yours in Christ - Ian

ST MARK'S NEWS

May 2019

Dear Friends

We have now celebrated Easter in our usual style. Thank you to everyone who came to our services both on Good Friday and Easter Sunday Evensong. The Nails of the Cross service was, as ever, very moving and never fails to bring home the true pain and agony Jesus suffered. The Choral Evensong was uplifting and the choir were in good voice in spite of having sung their way through Easter. Many thanks to you all.

My thanks to Kate, Averil, Janet and Marion for doing the flowers and making our church look beautiful again. Good to see you back again Marion.
Now we are due to do it all again celebrating St Mark’s Patronal Festival on Sunday 5th May with Choral evensong followed by refreshments.

Marcia was back in the congregation, this time on two feet again, so barring any more accidents our invalids should be firing on all cylinders once more.

We are still open and although we only have services twice a month it’s good to see 10-15 people attending regularly, including one or two new faces.
The welcome is as warm as ever.

With all best wishes

Judith

Diary for May 2019

Wednesday 1st   2.30pm Prayer Group meet in the Omega Rooms

Sunday 5th         6.30am Patronal Festival Choral Evensong, followed by refreshments.

Sunday 19th       11.30am Morning Prayer (CW), preceded by coffee in the Omega Rooms

Friday 31st       2.15pm Poetry Group meets in the Omega Rooms.

 

Church opening

St Mark’s church will now only be unlocked on Wednesdays and Fridays.  A notice will be put on the door directing visitors to contact numbers for those who have keys.  If you want to access the church outside these days, please contact the Parish Office.

 


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