St Cuthbert’s weekly – 9th April 2017

Hello all.

The above is a picture of Welsh poet and priest R S Thomas. Thomas was a complicated character, whose faith never came easy.

The poem below is by him and is called The Coming.

It is sombre and perhaps best picks up the shadow hanging over Palm Sunday. The joy of Palm Sunday is short-lived and the acclamation soon becomes condemnation. The poem picks up on the intense love of God for us and the sacrifice He makes.

It contrasts the majesty of the heavens and the smallness of our world. In doing so it really brings home the enormity of what we celebrate at Easter and in Lent.

Above all it shows that Jesus did what he did freely. I find it very moving and rather wonderful.

And God held in his hand
A small globe. Look, he said.
The son looked. Far off,
As through water, he saw
A scorched land of fierce
Colour. The light burned
There; crusted buildings
Cast their shadows; a bright
Serpent, a river
Uncoiled itself, radiant
With slime.

On a bare
Hill a bare tree saddened
The sky. Many people
Held out their thin arms
To it, as though waiting
For a vanished April
To return to its crossed
Boughs. The son watched
Them. Let me go there, he said.

Go well dear friends

Steve

Coming up

Friday. Film and food.

Monday April 10th Codger’s at 12.30.

Holy Week Monday 10th-Wednesday 12th 7.30pm evening services

Maundy Thursday 8pm service

Good Friday 1-2pm Hour at the cross

Easter Day at 10am.