Priest's Blog ~ November 2020
ASK: The Third Sunday before Advent – Remembrance Sunday
Friends old and new, this time last week we were sort of expecting it, the second lockdown that is, but we didn’t quite know what to expect. I really thought the Government would wait until after the services of remembrance. In anticipation I prepared for both options and so we have a sermon based on Matthew 25: 1-13 and that wonderful poem The Soldier by Rupert Brooke with the Act of Remembrance for you to follow too. I hope you take your time and enjoy which ever option you choose this morning. Please note the information below about the Toy Service and how you can still make a gift to children this Christmas. Finally I want to encourage everyone to follow the new regulations and then we might still be able to enjoy a relatively normal Christmas, well the new normal. So keep safe and keep well.
ASK: The Second Sunday before Advent
"The Kingdom of God is like..." Matt25: 14-30
When you think about the Kingdom I wonder where your mind goes? Is it to a heavenly place in the future or is to what is going on right here and right now. When I ask myself that question I am drawn to the lockdown and our response to it. The steadfast dedication of all the frontline workers, from the surgeons to the cleaners, the cashiers to the delivery drivers, the shop workers to the bus drivers, every single person who is ‘carrying on’. I use that phrase because I am reading a book at the moment titled BLITZ, the story of 29th December 1940 by Margaret Gaskin, and I am shocked by what the people of London had to cope with after the harshest night of bombing in the war. However bad life gets people find a way to ‘carry on’, they did then and we do now. Living in the midst of covid-19 is a backdrop to the Kingdom of God, because the Kingdom is both place and time, now and future. We can bring the Kingdom to life by what we do for others, so let’s do that and carry on in love and service. The end is on the horizon, thanks be to God. Keep safe and keep well.
ASK: Christ the King Sunday
When the Son of Man comes in his Glory, and all the Angels with him...then he will sit on the Throne of his Glory. Matthew 25: 1
Dear Friends old and new,
friends, ‘then there were three’, potential vaccines that is, and we are all waiting with baited breath to be called to receive one. You may remember last week that I mentioned the book Blitz, about the night of December 29th 1940. This week I read about a small team at Oxford University working on the development of the bacteria-killing properties of ‘Penicillium notatum’ extracted from fungus. The technician Norman Heatley had spent Christmas day  trying to extract enough active ingredient for the first human trials of the antibiotic ‘penicillin’ to begin in a matter of weeks. What a wonderful testament for the science department at Oxford University and their involvement with the development of life saving medicines during the past eighty years. Long may they continue.
I have been asked to remind you and to say thank you so far for the toys and gifts that you are sending for the young carers in Enfield. You may still drop them into the centre at 137-143 Baker street, Enfield, EN1 3JL, up to Monday 6th December, between 9.00am and 5pm. The staff there are astonished at your generosity and want to say thank you. If you have gifts that need collecting please call: 0208 366 3677. Our own grandchildren have acted as carers over many years and been involved with Young Carers in Kent. I know the enormous debt we owe them.
On Tuesday 24th the funeral of Wendy Wilson will take place at Enfield Crematorium when we will say goodbye to a friend and fellow pilgrim of St Mary Magdalene. I remember clearly the kind and gentle lady who came with us to Launde Abbey and participated in our efforts to plan how we are to move on. Little did we know then how much change would be happening due to the corona virus and Gordon moving on to Rochester.
Well here we are, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, its time for us to write down our New Year resolutions, for both our Spiritual and every day life. We have much to look forward to in the weeks ahead and pray that we will be able to celebrate as we all wish to do. So then let us work together doing all we can to keep to the rules and keep safe and keep well.
ASK: The First Sunday of Advent
‘What are you waiting for’
Dear friends, friends old and new, on Advent Sunday we can wish each other a Happy New Year as we begin the new liturgical Year, B. Do you have any resolutions? I do, I resolve to be the best I can be at ministering to the people of St Mary Magdalene until such time as a new vicar is found. We are all waiting, waiting for a new leader and waiting for our Lord's return. While we wait I will try to keep the faith and do all I can to serve, to grow in faith and live the Gospel. What will you be hoping and praying for?
Keep safe and keep well.