T

he Rector's Letter

Dear friends...

Church Diary
The following services are given for future reference.
However, circumstances may change and these details may need to be altered slightly.


Northwold: St. Andrew's Church will be closed for rewiring from 3rd April and will reopen for Pentecost (19th May).

Whittington: cleaning/flower rota for May:
Mrs. Pat Voutt and Angie

April

Thur 27th 
7.30pm Meditation Service at All Saints'

Sun 28th Easter 5
10.30am All Age Worship at All Saint

May

Thur 2nd St. Andrew's PCC
7.30pm Northwold House

Sun 5th Rogation Sunday (Easter 6)
11am Holy Communion beginning at All Saints followed by picnic and prayer-walk to Christ Church.

Mon 6th 
7.30pm Meditation Service at All Saints'

Thur 9th Ascension Day
7.30pm Evensong at Whittington.

Sun 12th Easter 7
9.30am Holy Communion at Christ Church

Sun 19th Pentecost (Whit Sunday)
11am Benefice Communion at St. Andrew's

Mon 20th
7.30pm Meditation Service at All Saints'

Sun 26th Trinity Sunday
11am Holy Communion at St. Andrew's
3pm Holy Communion at All Saints

June

Sun 2nd Trinity 1 (Golden Jubilee)
9.30am Golden Jubilee Celebration Service at Christ Church
11am Golden Jubilee Celebration Service at St. Andrew's
3pm Golden Jubilee Celebration Service at All Saints

May is still in the season of Easter. There's hope and there should be optimism. But optimism is hard to sustain. The Easter break is long gone and any excitement over Easter Eggs is forgotten as quickly as the stomachache.
The events of Easter can all seem so far away, from a different time and irrelevant to today. Events, like fashion, can date but with people its different. The humanity of the people in this and other ancient stories are always contemporary. People can't be dismissed as easily as stories. The person that always strikes me from the Easter story is Mary of Magdala, Mary the prostitute who became Jesus' follower. Mary, distraught, goes to the tomb to tend Jesus' body, to make it decent for burial and probably to say her own final good-byes. Mary gets to the tomb and finds the body gone. Imagine how she must have felt. Imagine turning up to view a member of your family after they have died only to find that someone has stolen the body. Mary must have been frantic. She probably hadn't slept much since Jesus' arrest 2 days earlier. Bleary eyed and tearful she notices someone. She asks if they have taken the body. Then one word from Jesus risen from the dead, "Mary." Mary recognizes Jesus' voice and flings her arms around him. People are people, how would you have reacted? I suspect that Mary wasn't all that different from you or I.

The events might seem strange but the people in them are not. This is a story of love stronger than death: Jesus' love for his friends and for all people and the way that love can transform a person's life. Mary is broken but with one word from Jesus the world is perfect again. It may sound over the top but love is like that. Love isn't logical. It is far more real than logic because love lives in the now not in the imaginary future or the gone forever past. Love is powerful. Love changes everything. But love can't be defined or explained on paper. Love can only be experienced.
Love is the message of Easter. The story hidden between the printed lines of the Bible. So lets live the Easter message because our world needs that message as much as it did 2000 years ago. Our world needs practical love, the sort of love described by St. Paul when he wrote, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." 1 Corinthians 13 verses 4-7 (NIV) Just think what a better place this would be if everyone lived like that!
Happy May,

Nigel

Holy Baptism Wretton with Stoke Ferry

We ask for God's continued blessing for all who have been baptized into God's family, the Church. This month we particularly pray for:

Jenessa Jade Thwaites baptized on 24th March
James Benjamin Lister baptized on 7th April


"You are called and loved by God the Father and kept safe by Jesus His Son. May the Spirit who hovers over the creation of the world continually breathe His life into you. Amen."

Funerals

Please pray for the family and friends of those who have died recently:

Please pray for the family and friends of those who have died recently:

Wretton with Stoke Ferry

Richard Elgie aged 52 who was commended to God's keeping on 4th April.
Leonard George Eagling aged 79 who was commended to God's keeping on 9th April.
Jean Ridgeway aged 70 who was commended to God's keeping on 11th April.

"Lord Jesus, you comforted Mary and Martha in their hour of sorrow. Give comfort and support to those who mourn today that they may find peace and hope in you, the Resurrection and the Life. For your tender mercies sake. Amen."

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