Pastoral letter from Richard Steven.
23/09/2020 The Rectory, Herstmonceux.
Dear Church Members and Friends,
The old wooden shingles removed from Wartling Church Spire have now been bagged and are for sale for fire wood for £5 per bag at Wartling Churchyard. Come and collect.
As we reach the time of our Harvest Festivals and give thanks for all our provisions we think about our beautiful world. It seems appropriate that this week is Climate Week, with a conference sponsored by the UN in New York that is being beamed around the world. Prince Charles said in an opening address this week that "swift and immediate action" was needed, he also said that Covid-19 provided a "window of opportunity" to reset the economy for a more "sustainable and inclusive future". He added that the pandemic was "a wake-up call we cannot ignore". "Without swift and immediate action, at an unprecedented pace and scale, we will miss the window of opportunity. "The environmental crisis has been with us for far too many years - decried, denigrated and denied," and "It is now rapidly becoming a comprehensive catastrophe that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic."
I am convinced that he is spot on in what he is saying, but here in the UK from polls taken less than 45% of us strongly agreeing that urgent action is needed. In spite of people like David Attenborough and the National news recently informing us that 1 million species of plants and creatures are facing extinction. So, there is much work to be done helping others to understand what harm we are doing to God’s world right now and will continue do in the future unless various things turn around through peoples’ actions, words and prayers.
Let us pray at this time for progress by those in authority to agree to and act on rectifying damage, and also putting sustainability measures in place so that all Gods’ creatures can survive and thrive in a healthy climate in the days to come. Also, we all need to make sure that we personally living sustainable lives as much as is possible. There is much information available to help us do this. For instance there is a straightforward Carbon Footprint Calculator on the World Wildlife Fund website.
On this website they say "The Planet Is In Crisis & It's Up To Us To Fix It. Start Reducing Your Carbon Footprint. Answer Our Five-Minute Questionnaire & Take Your First Step To Help The Planet. See : footprint.wwf.org.uk/footprint.
This test can encourage us to find out how we are doing with our own lifestyle and help us to think of ways to change as needed. I am happy to do this test with anyone who doesn’t have the internet.
Our Harvest collections this year will be split between St Wilfred’s Hospice in Eastbourne and a UNICEF childrens’ appeal. Our Government is adding 200% to the amount we give to this appeal for desperately poor and disadvantaged children in various situations in the third world.
Bible verse for the week ahead: He has shown you o man what is good and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6v8
Readings for the week ahead:
Sunday AM Ps 78 Matt21 v23-32 PM Ps 120 Acts 27
Monday AM Ps 17 Luke 9v46-50 PM Ps 47 Mk 12v28-34
Tuesday All Angels Day AM Ps 103v19-end Rev 12v7-12 PM Ps 138 Rev 5
Wednesday AM Ps 88 Luke 9v57-end PM Ps 59 Mk 13v1-13
Thursday. AM Ps 27 Luke 10v1-12 PM Ps 62 Mk 13v14-23
Friday AM Ps 139v6-11 Luke 10v13-16 PM Ps38 Mk 13v24-31
Saturday AM Ps 119v169-end Luke 10v17-24 PM Ps 66 Mk 13v32-end
This week: Wednesday 23rd September home group meeting on Zoom and by phone at 7pm. Note, not on Thursday this week.
Sunday 27 th September Family Harvest Service, Wartling Church Please only attend this service if you are well and are not extremely vulnerable to COVID19 and should be at home shielding. At this service we will have social distancing and those attending will be required to wear masks unless they have a genuine reason not to.
Sunday 6pm. An online and by phone Evening Service.
Monday 28th September 6pm. Evening Prayers online by phone or in the Rectory Garden Thursday October 1st 7pm. Home group meeting on Zoom and by phone
Sunday 4th October 8am Holy Communion at Wartling Church 10am Family Harvest Festival Service. Herstmonceux Church
Please pray for one another using the church prayer sheet, and please pray especially for: Brian Clark, Jackie Fuller, Sue Freeman, Brian Goulder, Constance Martin, Joy Underhill, Derek Wells.
We also ask your prayers for Frank Beeney, who passed away peacefully on the 24th. May he rest in peace and all that mourn him, especially his wife Joan, be comforted.
Tel: 01323 833124 e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
May the road rise up to meet you.