As a general rule I don’t welcome letters from Bishops – no news being good news ‘n all that…..
However, I’ve just received a letter from Bishop Martin which is VERY good news. One paragraph in particular has so inspired me that I want to quote it in full:
‘Do not abandon the disciplines of learning and growth that have been part of your initial training. Remember that ordained ministers of the gospel are also disciples of Jesus, pupils of our Lord and Teacher. If we are to retain the vitality of our calling, it will be as those who are still excited by learning the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. Only this way can we become wise stewards and teachers in our service of others’.
The letter, actually, was to Revd Sarah and by it the Bishop has ‘signed off’ her time as Training Curate – yes, she passed! Not only did Revd Sarah pass but, as so many of you know from first-hand experience, she has been such a blessing within the life of the Benefice.
And the news only gets better! The Bishop has asked if I will accept Revd Sarah to be licensed to the Benefice as an Associate Vicar and of course I said… YES!
So, on Friday 14th September at 7.30pm you are ALL invited to a very special service for the Benefice as we celebrate Revd Sarah’s licensing.
Please ‘Save the Date’ but moreover, please prayer fervently for this new chapter in the life of our Benefice as you pray too for Sarah, that she may continue to be excited by learning the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven and grow into a ‘wise steward and teacher in the service of others’.
Father in heaven, whose Son Jesus Christ was wonderfully transfigured before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain, and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem: give us strength so to hear his voice and bear our cross that in the world to come we may see him as he is; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
We continue to pray for:
Clemmie, Peter Barnett and Michael Palmer
And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
Bette Turner and Lesley Aylmore
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.
Services for this weekend
8.00 BCP Holy Communion at West Wittering and Itchenor
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Eric Eyre’s sermon theme will be “From the mount of transfiguration to the valley of transformation”. At West Wittering (10.00) Bruce Holben’s sermon theme will be the “Transfiguration – a new deal for the world!” There is no Little Nick’s at Itchenor
There will be Evensong at 6.00 at West Wittering
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon.
Sunday 5th August – The Transfiguration of our Lord
Daniel 7. 9-10, 13-14; 2 Peter 1. 16-19; Luke 9. 28-36
1 John 3. 1-3; Mark 9. 2-7
Exodus 34. 29-end; 2 Corinthians 3.
Sunday 12th August – Trinity 11
1 Kings 19. 4-8; Ephesians 4. 25-5.2; John 6. 35, 41-51
1 Corinthians 15. 1-11; Luke 18. 9-14
Job 39. 1-40; Hebrews 12. 1-17