First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who gave time and came along to share part of their Christmas with us at St Peter’s – from the wonderful Christmas Tree Festival and it’s lovely sing-along-carols to St Peter’s school Advent and Carol services – the Messy Christmas-Christingle to the Carol Service – the very special Crib Service and finally, the Christmas Day service celebrating the birth of Jesus – the reason for everything else. And of course, let’s not forget to mention Gail’s lights on Greenfield Road that helps to make Wrecclesham’s Christmas ‘merry and bright’, all in a good cause for Phyllis Tuckwell. It was wonderful to be part of this special and lovely community that is Wrecclesham during this my first Christmas season. Here’s to many more, I hope.
But now the carols sung, turkey and festive fayre eaten, tinsel put away, New Year’s resolutions made (and broken?!) On we go – and here I am, writing to you for the February Magazine already! Yes – it’s that time, the February ‘Love is in the air’ feeling is nearly upon us. Shops are filling up with cards and gifts to buy for that someone special – from you, with love. And of course, the confectionary industry will be having a field day! And I confess that St Peter’s has been distributing fliers for its ‘Messy-Loving’ afternoon – all-age craft, activity and food-eating galore – on Sunday 10 February (4-6pm) – since mid-January!
This is all lovely and nice, but if we look again, we can see that love doesn’t have to be all bound up with red roses and romance. As I wrote this, I was looking out onto the garden, watching the birds and seeing the shoots of snowdrops and crocuses waking up, and was reminded that the best things in the world are free – and that love is the best thing in the whole world. Free love truly makes the world go round – and comes in all shapes and sizes. Love is a verb, an action, an experience. We give and receive love. To say ‘I love you’ is one thing, to live it out is another. Here in Wrecclesham and other parts of Farnham, acts of love are being lived out every day in our community by many –
food banks, community lunches, community transport and support, events to raise money for good causes – the list goes on…
Church goers and non-church alike are all into the business of looking out for each other in our community. Church today isn’t simply about doing things ‘to’ people or ‘for’ people, but rather it is about doing things ‘with’ people in community, all working together for the common good of our community through the ‘Good-News Spirit’ of hospitality, welcome and love. Let’s celebrate that we are all in it together, making for a caring and loving community – marvellous!
Enjoy the snowdrops, with love…
Prayer for February…
Lord give us the eyes of faith and love
to see your presence in the world.
Where fear closes our eyes, help us.
Where tears blind us, heal us.
Where busyness keeps us from noticing, slow us.
Where pride gets in the way, release us
set us free to see your love at work in the world. Amen
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