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This day, Father,
may my eyes be opened
to see the beauty
in all that is ordinary - yet special -
around me.
May the glory of all that you have made
remind me of your presence
and lead me closer to you.

(author unknown)

Autumn, ‘season of mist, and mellow fruitfulness’ – it is the time of year when we traditionally give thanks for the beauty and fruitfulness of God’s creation.  The low afternoon sun, shining through the leaves just starting to turn.  Hues of green, yellow, turning to orange and red shimmer like stain glass windows.  Thank you to Peter, who hacked through the brambles in the vicarage garden to harvest a crop of beautiful apples.  Treasure all around us, so beautiful and yet so ordinary, that we often take them for granted.

This month, I will be working with the Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies and Scouts at Christ Church to make poppies for a special ‘poppy peace garden’ to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice at the end of WW1.  We will look at the stories behind the names of the war memorial in the church, each of them ordinary men, living ordinary lives, until they were called upon to do something special, to fight for their country and to pay the ultimate price for peace.

Jesus, regularly took the ordinary, and turned it into the extraordinary: Attending a wedding, he turned ordinary water into extraordinary wine; he took a bunch of ordinary fisherman, a tax collector, a deserter, a doubter and made them his disciples and his apostles – sent out to share the good news; Jesus himself, came to dwell in the ordinariness of human life, with a gift of extraordinary love revealed in his death on the cross.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Sunday 21st October we will celebrate Harvest at each of our services, please join us as we give thanks for all that is good and bountiful in creation, sing harvest praise and bring our gifts to be shared with others.  Let us use this time to thank God for all that is good in the ‘ordinary’ of life, that which we often take for granted, and pray that as we give thanks we will come to see just how special it is to know that we are loved by God and to dedicate ourselves again to His service.

God bless, Beverley (Team Rector)