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The Vicar's Letter

Dear Friends

 

The Church goes green!

 

With a heading like that you might expect this letter to be all about the environment and our responsibility to look after our planet.

 

And as a matter of fact I do think it is important that Christians start to take the lead again in initiatives to safeguard the future of our planet. After all, Christians believe in and worship the God who created the world and all that is in it - the God who, according to the Bible, loved the world so much that he sent his son to redeem it. And if you think that just refers to “people”, then read St Paul’s vision in Romans 8 of the whole of creation being “set free from its bondage to decay”.

 

At its meeting in May the Parochial Church Council agreed a “Parish Environmental Policy” which calls for action both on the part of our church and by individuals. One result of this is that we have changed the church’s energy suppliers to companies that deliver green energy, with the result that our use of gas and electricity is now “carbon neutral” (to use the jargon!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I woudl also encourage you to sign up with  the newly formed "Plastic Free East Morton" - you can find them on Facebook.

 

But I can’t help feeling that we ought to be expressing our commitment to the environment in more high-profile, even “political” (with a small ‘p’) ways in our promotion of and support for policies that will reduce pollution and preserve the environment for future generations.

 

But support for the environment is not the only meaning to the expression “the Church goes green!”

 

Those who like to track the progress of the “Christian Year” in church will have noticed from the colour of the altar frontals that we have now entered the long “green” season that goes

from the day after Trinity Sunday in June to All Saints Day in November. In the church’s calendar this is now referred to as “Ordinary Time”, as opposed to the special seasons when we celebrate Christmas, Easter and the other great festivals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we face difficulties in life, we turn to God conscious of our needs. When we are happy and contented, we thank God for all that he has given us. But when life just carries on in an unremarkable routine then it’s good to know that God is still with us. He cares for us as God the Father; he challenges us in the person of God the Son (Jesus), to stand against injustice and to work for his kingdom on earth; through the Holy Spirit he gives us strength to continue on our journey of faith.

 

Here’s a lovely responsive prayer that sums it up well:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The green colour of Ordinary Time reflects the mood of summer time and symbolises growth, hope and life. Over these next two months of summer I hope we will all get some opportunity not just for rest and relaxation, but also to grow in our knowledge of God’s love and presence always with us.

 

With best wishes for the wonderful months of July and August.

 

tree of life keep calm

I believe we must proclaim not just in church but also outside the church our commitment to the fragile world we live in. Some of this we can do individually, taking such practical steps as recycling our household waste and avoiding unnecessary journeys by car.

In day times and night times, and all of our lifetimes,

Jesus, my friend, now and for ever.

On glad days and school days, some sad days, some cool days

Jesus, my friend, now and for ever.

In work spaces, home spaces, all times and all places,

Jesus, my friend, now and for ever.

On Sundays and all days, not some days but always

Jesus, my friend, now and for ever. Amen.

In comparison with the festival seasons, “Ordinary Time” can feel just like it sounds, dull, routine and humdrum. So we must remember that God is with us in all of life, not just at the high points. In fact in some ways the ordinary times of our lives are a better and more reliable indication of our faith in God than the high points and the low points.

Tony Walker