Harbour Churches Newsletter 3rd October

I’m fond of quoting G.K. Chesterton who infamously said : ‘They say in every generation that the Church is going to the dogs… and in each generation the dog dies’.

Leaving aside any  insensitivity to those of us who are very attached to our dogs, this quote reminds us that each and every generation has its own particular challenges – some more dread-full than others…

I’m convinced that the Church will never ‘go to the dogs’ – only some ways of being and doing church. The last two thousand years have surely shown us that the Church has ups and downs and, like everything else in life, is in a perpetual state of change. To quote the Buddha : ‘Change is not painful – only the resistance to change is painful’.

However, I do believe that in terms of that other great change – climate change – we have moved beyond mere change to crisis.

This confronts us with the other great change dilemma, namely, the reason we resist change is because we focus on what we have to give up and not on what we have to gain….

This Sunday we will gather in our three villages church buildings to celebrate the goodness of God’s gift of creation. We do so this year with a clear focus : ‘How do we care for God’s creation in a climate crisis?’

That will mean change. Yes, there is much to ‘give up’ but there is so much more to gain.

Come ye thankful people, come…

Jonathan
Rector

Harvest Festival

West Wittering and Birdham Village Churches
Sunday 3rd October @ 10am – 11am
Itchenor Village Church 11am

Anthony and Bruce will be leading the service at West Wittering
Jonathan and Susan will be leading the service at Birdham
Susan will be leading the service at Itchenor

Theme : ‘Caring for creation in a climate crisis’

Reading : ‘Creation story in Genesis’

Please bring gifts of non-perishable food items and toiletries to support the Chichester food bank.

We continue to name in our prayers:
Charlie Gray, Johanna Morrish, Eloise and baby Elijah, Margaret Eyre, Sheila, Chris and Tony Allen

We pray in celebration for the marriage of Zena McCarthy and Ian Sweetapple and the baptism of Freya Gentle.

Collect:

Creator God,
you made the goodness of the land,
the riches of the sea
and the rhythm of the seasons;
as we thank you for the harvest,
may we cherish and respect
this planet and its peoples,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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