Clergy Letter May 2022
I’m writing this at the end of Easter week. It’s a beautiful spring day- my favourite time of year. It’s a time to celebrate the beauty of creation and the wonder and joy of Resurrection life. Following on from Easter, there are other celebrations we can look forward to later this month and at the beginning of June.
Thursday 26th May is Ascension Day and there is a service of Hoy Communion at 10 am in St Swithun’s Church, Cheswardine as well as a Deanery Service at 7pm at St Chad’s, Norton in Hales.
From Ascension Day, until the Day of Pentecost, (Whit Sunday), on 5th June, we are in the season of Thy Kingdom Come, when we particularly pray for people to come to know Christ as their Lord and King. As a Deanery we hope to produce a series of daily on-line reflections, as we did two years ago.
This year Whitsuntide will be a very special time as we shall also be celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of our Queen. It really is amazing to think that it is 70 years since her Majesty’s accession to the throne. It is only recently that the Queen has begun to take life at a slower pace, and we might wonder where she finds her strength and stamina – though I believe she answered that question in one of her Christmas broadcasts – “I know just how much I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning. I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God...I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian gospel.”
As they did for the Diamond Jubilee, ‘Hope Together’ have produced a book celebrating the Queen’s life and faith. Take a look at the resources on the Hope Together website and check the United Benefice website for details of Jubilee Weekend events and services.
The Queen makes no secret of her Christian faith and in her Christmas broadcasts that message seems to become increasingly clear as the years progress; though it was evident from the beginning in her Coronation vows. The Queen is someone who has been prepared to put duty first and to place herself in God’s hands throughout her long life – a life which, in spite of her privileged position, has still had its share of difficulties and tragedies. The Queen really is a wonderful example to us of Christian faith and service. As we look forward to the celebrations ahead we pray for God to continue to bless her with wisdom, grace and strength.