To be a Pilgrim….
This Sunday we celebrate the Patronal Festival of St James, Patron Saint of our church in Birdham. It is therefore appropriate that Susan Monks, Churchwarden at St James, will be offering the Sofa Service this week, and joining me for the outdoor service on Sunday morning.
The theme for the service at Birdham will be Pilgrimage, a journey of discovery and a search for meaning. Does that sound like Lockdown? How many of us have discovered new things about ourselves, about our faith, and about our world, that we would never have found if we had continued to go about our daily lives as we did before? Many of those who worked so hard to keep us safe, and fed, during the pandemic have found new meaning and fulfilment in their work and their lives, and we have found a new appreciation of what they do.
The hymn ‘He who would valiant be’ ends with the line – I’ll labour night and day to be a pilgrim. I pray that we all live our lives as a journey of discovery and a search for meaning, because that is how we grow, in faith, hope and love. I have been on some amazing Pilgrimages to some amazing places, but you don’t have to go to a holy place, you don’t have to shut yourself away, to be a pilgrim, you can do it every day, in being open to others, to the world around you, and to God.
We continue to prayer for Dereck and Angela, Clive, Derrick, Judy, Judith, Margaret and any who are in need and those who have recently died and their loved ones Prue Johnson-Cadwell and Sylvia Newall.
whose holy apostle Saint James,
leaving his father and all that he had.
was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ.
and followed him even to death:
Help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world,
to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever. Amen
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