St James Patronal – Sunday 24 July

Last Sunday we heard Mark talk about the first European to be baptised, Lydia and her family and their hospitality.

This Sunday 24 July we are focussing on St. James and the freedom we have as Christians.

My memories of St. James are singing in the wonderful Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where St. James is buried and of seeing the flames and incense smoke flying from the thurible through the nave. Flames of the Spirit are free! Walking a little of the Camino (the pilgrim way) was very special and I took a pebble from the beach at West Wittering and placed it on the piles of stones that were left by the roadside on the Camino to represent the burdens we carry that are lifted up to God and carried by our Lord. We have our freedom, and it is precious but let us be thankful and offer others that freedom that only Jesus can give.

Susan

Licensed Reader

Bruce is leading the planned outdoor service this Sunday so please bring chairs!

He says:

“The Patronal will be about St James of course, and also about the freedom we have in Christ, which we would not have but for the Saints like James and all those who have continued their work over the centuries and continue to do so today, which is why we are continually asking for more saints to help spread the freedom God gives us.”

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