HAMPTON -IN ARDEN CHURCH
A prayer for All those affected by the coronavirus
Keep us good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us
from your Love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Revd. Stuart Dimes
Revd. Stuart Dimes, Vicar
Tel: 01675 442339
Our Church Yard in MARCH
Good morning everyone.
This Sunday’s reading is John 11 1-45, it’s quite a long one and it has the death and the raising of Lazarus, one of Jesus' close friends. Yes there are obvious links to Jesus resurrection which we celebrate on Easter Sunday, but there are several places in the passage which we ought to stop and reflect on.
The first one is the delay.... a knee jerk reaction many of us would pursue is go now...do it now....why wait, get it now, empty the shelves....
Do we react instantly without contemplating our actions and what they might have on others?
The next one is light and dark....where is the light of reason, truth, understanding in our current situation the light of science or the darkness of panic ungrounded speculation and conspiracy theory....
Then we have a strong reprimand to Jesus ‘if only....’ how many times have we pointed the finger at others in accusation, ‘if only the government had acted quicker...’ in other words all we are suffering is their fault. This is when perhaps we ought to stop and think... ‘if only I had...stayed in, taken responsibility for my actions...’
There are lots to think about in this reading, but I will leave you with one more to ponder....
Jesus was not afraid to get his hands dirty in the grit and grime of life, the stench of death!!!. Who is doing this role for us today in the grit and grim of our current Life....I hope you applauded them this week
Keep safe, keep well and keep in.
Revd Stuart Dimes
We are very aware of the need for Safeguarding and caring for vulnerable adults and children at The Parish Church of Hampton in Arden and we do everything in our power to protect them. Our
Parish Safeguarding Coordinator, can be contacted on 07846357259
Also : Bishop's Safeguarding Adviser (T: 07342 993 844 E: StephH@cofebirmingham.com)
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Sadly closing Church buildings means that weddings can no
longer take place within them. Neither is it permitted for a
wedding totake place at another location or virtually.
You can book a wedding for next year by following this link
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