Rector's Letter - September 2015

Dear Friends,

A little girl was invited to a birthday party, and her mum told her to be a good girl and to remember, when leaving, to say thank you to her friend's mother. When she arrived home, mum asked if she had remembered to say thank you and the little girl replied; "No, the girl in front of me did and the lady said "Don't mention it", so I didn't!"

We do seem to enjoy a grumble about life here in Britain. We do take so much for granted and often don't appreciate how blessed we are. The deepening problem of desperate migrants trying to get here is a cause for great concern, but also a reminder of how good life is here, compared to so many other places. An attitude of gratitude puts a whole new perspective on life as we recognise the multitude of good things we enjoy, compared to the bad things. In fact, gratitude helps us enjoy and make the most of each moment. It is, of course, in each moment that we actually live. Worry about the past or the future only spoils the present moment.

Easier said than done, I know! I am by nature a worrier but I have found a thankful trust in God's good purposes and a conscious "counting of my blessings" a great antidote to anxiety. After all, life is meant to be enjoyed whenever possible, and gratitude is good place to start. This approach to life often encourages compassion, faith and generosity, all of which contribute to the goodness of life.

There are several opportunities to give thanks to our generous God in the coming weeks. On Sunday 13th September, Queen Elizabeth will enter the record books as the longest reigning British monarch ever. We are marking this with a Right Royal Breakfast at St Margaret's Church after a special service at 9am. We have a lot to be thankful for in the Queen's wise and caring leadership and example.

Then, of course, we have our Harvest Festivals. St Katharine's on Sunday 27th September and St Margaret's on 4th October. As usual we will be collecting items for The Manna Society, helping the homeless in London, and our collection goes to the Diocese's Poverty & Hope Appeal.

As Shakespeare's Henry VI says: "O Lord, that lends me life, let me have a heart replete with thankfulness!"

With my prayers and very best wishes,
Yours, in Christ, John.

Verse for the Month

“Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it, but if we have food and clothing we will be content with that.”
1 Timothy 6: 6

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