St Michael (Church)

Published on June 1st, 2019 | by Content Admin

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Pastoral Letter June 2019

  Rev Sue Cooper writes –  

Dear All, Throughout May we saw our lanes, countryside and woods come alive with fresh green leaves declaring that summer is on the way.  Our seasons in the UK are so special and they help us to take stock of our lives as the months and seasons roll on. We find security in things that remain the same, such as our seasons, and find comfort in nostalgia, when we think of the past.  Do you remember as a child during school assembly learning The Lord’s Prayer and being able to recite it off by heart.  It is probably the one thing that we all remember from school assemblies, and perhaps a few hymns. As I write, we are planning services of Evening Prayer to be said in our Churches during the ten days between Ascension Day 30th May and Pentecost 9th June, using The Lord’s Prayer as our focus.  It is part of The Arch Bishop of Canterbury’s ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ campaign.  Please do come and join us on one of the evenings, you will be most welcome.  And it will give you an opportunity to reconnect with The Lord’s Prayer; which can help to bring a sense of order and security to our busy lives.  Jesus taught this prayer to his disciples when they asked him how they should pray.  I believe that if you said this prayer daily to God, quietly, and slowly, you would find a new sense of being connected to God in your daily life in a very short space of time.   Why not give it a try?

                                                                                               

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Another thing that has enriched me this month is how wonderful it is to hear our Church bells on a Sunday morning.  They ring to the praise and glory of God, and to call us to worship.  It is good to know that this tradition carries on and we all enjoy hearing them ring on other occasions too, such as Weddings.  Bell ringing has a lot of benefits. It keeps you fit, it is very sociable as you work in a team, and you don’t have belong to Church to do it (although that might benefit you too).  Our bell ringers are always keen to welcome new ringers, so if you were looking for a new hobby, please consider it. Send me an email or call me and I can put you in touch with someone, who would invite you to a taster session to see how you like it.  Have a wonderful June folks, and God bless you.

                        With love Rev Sue Cooper

There will be services of Evening prayer  in churches  throughout the Benefice on the following days all at 7.0pm:-

Thursday 30th May: Hinton Friday 31st May:  Aynho
Monday 3rd June: Evenley Tuesday 4th June: Croughton
Wednesday 5th June: Farthinghoe Thursday 6th June: Hinton
Friday 7th June:  Aynho  

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