Looking out of the window on our back garden on a sunny morning makes me grateful once again for the beauty of creation, particularly in spring when (despite the cold weather) plants and trees are waking up and coming into bloom. That in turn brought to mind a childhood hymn, which still manages to capture the beauty of our world;
All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
each little bird that sings,
he made their glowing colours,
he made their tiny wings.
He gave us eyes to see them,
and lips that we might tell
how great is God Almighty,
who has made all things well.
Have a good day.
So, its Monday and week 2 of Lockdown, and by all accounts, it won’t be over any time soon. I hope that time isn’t dragging too heavily, we need to be patient.
Patience, it is said, is a virtue, and the Bible talks about patience/self control as one of the gifts of God, and one which reflect his character.
One of Jesus best know stories is known as the parable of the sower. The sower (God) sows seed (his word, beauty of creation) on four different types of ground, illustrating four different responses. The first three either reject God’s story and invitation or only respond half heartedly. But the fourth hear about and respond to God. And in the words of one translation ‘steadily bring forth fruit with patience’. The sense here, far from whingeing or complaining but that through patient and faithful engagement with each day and its ups and downs that personal growth will happen.
So as we get used to a new way of living, lets be actively and positively patient.
Have a good day everyone.
April this year will see the end of Lent and the celebration of Easter in a very different way to previous years. Unable to come together physically, we are working on various different ways of keeping in touch and supporting one another. Please keep checking this website for updates. In the meantime, here is our newsletter for April and a few pictures from last Easter April-newsletter
We are not able to come together physically this Sunday but we can come together in prayer. A special liturgy, sermon and pewsheet for this week are provided below and there is also a livestream by Jes on both the St Mary’s Buckden Facebook page and on YouTube. Here’s a link to the YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFpI9BpsLIA&t=6s
Apologies for the late posting of this week’s service to the website and thank you for your patience. There were technical difficulties; these have now been resolved (we hope).
Morning Prayer 29-03-2020
It’s Friday and what a week. Among the most extraordinary any of us have known. So much to process in terms of what is going on day by day -nationally, locally and in our own personal circumstances; getting used to a new normal. Yet the sun is still shining and it is a beautiful spring day. Maybe we need to ground ourselves in the timeless rhythm of nature, which continues whether or not we are social distancing! The bible often reflects on the timelessness of God and his care for us using images from the natural world. Psalm 90 – ‘Lord you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Many blessings and go well today.