“I hope I grow up before I grow old…”
Funny how you catch a sentence off the radio and it just sticks ‘I hope I grow up before…’
We all feel our age. I’m just not bouncing back from knocks the way I used to… poor me!
I guess we’re feeling our age as congregations. Over two- thirds of us are nearer 80 or beyond than they are 50 or below.
And then into the picture come Simeon and Anna. Rembrandt paints them as old but Luke only tells us that Anna was ‘of a great age’. What is significant about them both is that they kept the faith and remained steadfast in their anticipation of what was to come. They were ‘old’ but they looked to the future – progressive not reactionary.
Are we not encouraged that being an aging church doesn’t mean we can’t, like Simeon and Anna, be open to all the God is capable of still doing in us and through us?
There’s also been much on the news recently about the inequality still experienced by over half of us – in my case the other half… As we look back to that dark past when women were denied their equality we do so hearing today of how God is at work in all of us… a child, a mother, an ‘old’ man and an ageing widow. No one is denied God’s life affirming presence or acceptance
Lord Jesus Christ, light of the nations and glory of Israel: make your home among us, and present us pure and holy to your heavenly Father, your God, and our God.
We continue to pray for:
Conor Jones, Ian Gray and family, Baby Clemmie, Janet & David Drake, Peter Barnett, Snowdrop, Joyce, Carina and Alan Stearn.
And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
Derek Smith, Josie Kemp and Duncan Swinney
If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
Should you wish to contact the Rector his mobile number is 07538 011579.
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Eric Eyre’s sermon theme will be The Jigsaw of Grace. At West Wittering (10.00) Jonathan Swindells will be presiding and preaching. At Itchenor (9.00) Susan Monks’ sermon theme will be “Candlemas & snowdrops”.
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon.
There will be 8.00 BCP Holy Communion on Sunday at West Wittering and Itchenor.
There will be special Choral Evensong for Candlemas at 6.00 at West Wittering
Sunday 4th February
Malachi 3. 1-5; Hebrews 2. 14-end; Luke 2. 22-40
2 Corinthians 11. 19-31; Luke 8. 4-15
Malachi 3. 1-5; Luke 2. 22-40
Sunday 11th February
Sunday next before Lent
2 Kings 2. 1-12; 2 Corinthians 4. 3-6; Mark 9. 2-9
1 Corinthians 13. 1-13; Luke 18. 31-43
1 Kings 19. 1-16; 2 Peter 1. 16-21