I hope that my weekly bulletin finds you well.
I very much enjoyed Jon Jones’ talk last week. He spoke about gratitude. He spoke about the beautiful world we live in and being grateful to God for all the nature we see around us.
I love my garden here. I may somehow kill every new plant I put in, but I do love to watch the birds and enjoy the plants left here by Fraser and Sarah.
St Cuthbert was a Celtic Christian. Celtic Christianity is marked by a love of nature and a way of seeing God in the natural world. If any of you have visited Holy island you will understand how Cuthbert felt.
I have just put together a Celtic Communion Service which we will be using on some Thursdays and we may use it one Sunday a month.
Here is the ancient blessing we will be using.
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
May the rains fall soft upon your fields. Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
I think that this is rather beautiful. I am also sure that many people get a real sense of God by watching the birds and the clouds and the trees and reflecting on how awesome is the planet we live on.
Go well dear friends.
Risen Christ, by the lakeside you renewed your call tp your disciples: help your church to obey your command and draw the nations to the fire of your love, to the glory of God the Father.
Next week’s services are at 10.30 and 11.30.