Rector’s Letter, June 2017

Dear friends Twenty years ago this month Bloomsbury published ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, the first novel in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. There was an initial print-run of only 500, all in hardback. Harry Potter is a scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled orphan. He bears on his forehead the mark of a terrible read on

Rector’s Letter, May 2017

Dear friends I have recently finished reading a biography of Hudson Taylor (1832-1905), who founded the China Inland Mission. At the end of the book, I read this: ‘When he had sailed for China in 1853 there were only three hundred Chinese Christians in the whole of the Chinese Empire; by the end of his read on

Rector’s Letter – April 2017

Dear friends There is a 21-year old in Norway who claims that she is a cat, and that a genetic defect has caused her to be born into a human body. She claims to have superior hearing and sight, especially in the dark, and she likes to sleep on window ledges. Today’s society is so read on

Rector’s Letter – March 2017

  Dear friends ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s’, said Jesus in Matthew 22:21. But what does it mean to give to God what is God’s? Well, what is God’s? Of course, everything is God’s. He made everything, and so it is all his. And what do you have read on

Rector’s Letter, February 2017

Dear friends Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17) From this verse has come a famous, simple, and important Christian motto: ‘Soli Deo Gloria’ meaning ‘Glory to God alone’. Some Christian theologians today add this little phrase at the start read on

Rector’s Letter for December

Dear friends In 1961 The New Testament was published in a new translation (The New English Bible), and my father was sent a copy to review. Jesus’ mother Mary sings a Christmas song (Luke 2:46-56) which in this translation begins: ‘Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord, rejoice, rejoice, my spirit, in God read on

Rectors Letter, November 2016

Dear Friends Before we get to December, here’s a question worth asking: What is a Carol Service for? I’m thinking less about the ones we host (for the Scouts, the schools, and other local organisations) and more about the ones we organize (our main church carol services, children’s carol service, lunchtime carol service etc). So read on

Rector’s Letter, October 2016

Dear friends People often speak of life as a journey. Journeys for me are frequently associated with uncomfortable car seats, restless children, and traffic jams. Or overheated and overcrowded trains. Or cold and infrequent buses. When you go on holiday, it’s not usually the journey you look forward to. No, the important point of a read on

Rector’s Letter – September 2016

Dear friends Do you like hard work? Probably not many of us would say yes to that; but then we don’t much want to be idle either, with long empty days dragging out to little purpose. Do you know the last verse of 1 Corinthians 15? It says: ‘Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand read on