Letter from the Vicar and Parish Notices

From the Vicar…
My dearest brothers and sisters,
Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who abuse you.
Of course, easier said than done.
There are always going to be people we don’t get on with. There are people that we
just don’t click with. We can normally accept that. But when someone seems bent
on making our life difficult, doing things to harm us, damaging our reputation,
causing others to think ill of us, we want to correct that. We want that behaviour
to stop.
We have to look inwards at ourselves. We have to look into the face of another
human being and have compassion. We need to be able to see through all the
twisted nonsense. We need to recognise that this person who is causing us pain is
as much made in God’s image as we are.
I’m not suggesting this is easy, but it is the call we have.
We know God’s generosity toward us. We know his forgiveness toward us. He calls
us to be like him. A person who follows Christ is a person who
forgives like Christ.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Are these just going to be some words we say, and not know,
not hear, not feel? Are we only willing to accept forgiveness of
ourselves by God, and not able to keep the momentum going?
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Peace be with you all.

Parish Notices

  • Angelology Group meets Thursdays, 10:30 am in the Lady Chapel.
    Vestry meets on Thursday at 7:00 pm.
  • World Day of Prayer Inter-Church Service: Friday 10:00 am at the Cathedral. The service has been prepared in Slovenia on the theme Come—Everything is Ready. Collection to support projects in Slovenia, South Sudan and New Zealand.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 4 March, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Centre for Ethics & Spirituality: 14 March 7:30–9:00 pm in the Chapman Room at Christ’s College. Bosco Peters will speak on ‘All you ever wanted to know about Anglicanism and were afraid to ask’, covering:
    ! What are the sources of the Anglican tradition?
    ! How did Anglicanism get to where it is today and why?
    ! What is the connection between Anglicanism, Christchurch and Canterbury?
    ! What might be of value within Anglicanism in an increasingly secular and post-modern future? Bookings www.christscollege.com/community/centre–for–ethics–and–spirituality
  • Book Swap: in the parish lounge. More books needed, especially recent titles. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.