(with thanks to Revd Julie Bacon)
October feels different this year, well most things do!
The month brings with it the changing of the clocks, and the transient pleasure of a lay-in for late risers, but also the reality of the night’s drawing in.
There is a certain strangeness about human ability to alter and control time. This year time took on a somewhat surreal quality, usual lines and rhythms seemed blurred.
Time is defined as ‘the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in an apparently irreversible succession from the past, through the present, into the future.’ From human perspective, time is linear and goes in one direction. Although many writers have delighted in exploring the wonders and dangers of time travel. I wonder if we could time travel in any direction what year or time we might like to visit or revisit?
What about for God? How does God negotiate time? God is mostly understood to stand outside of time. There was never a time when God wasn’t, and there will never be a time when God isn’t. But even though God exists outside time, and is not subject to it, God reveals Godself within time, because humanity and creation is within it. Then at a very specific point in time God in Jesus entered into the human timeline. The ancient Greeks had two words for time: chronos referring to sequential time, and kairos which signifies a ‘perfect’ moment in time. Somehow, when Jesus entered chronos, it was also kairos. God came to be in the world as well as outside of the world. Suddenly altering time for an hour or so seems somewhat easy!
May you enjoy your ‘new’ hour and know God’s presence with you, in any and all uncertainty.
Weekend Connection #error
Our weekend connection, church news and Sunday Reflection which goes out every Saturday unfortunately had a technical hitch as I was unable to send to the usual number of contacts. Unfortunately, any email contact that wasn’t saved in my contacts list was lost. So if you haven’t received your weekly email or indeed would like to be added to the mailing list, especially to keep uptodate with any new guidance please do email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank-you!
Burrough Green Church- building work
We are delighted to say that building work for updating electricity, heating and installing water and a toilet has begun. The church is closed to visitors but church services should be able to take place as normal, although you may be directed in through another entrance. Our grateful thanks to Lucy, Peter and family for making this happen, the PCC, grant bodies and everyone who has supported the fundraising. Thank-you.
All Souls Memorial Service
Sadly this has been a difficult year for many of us losing loved ones, or friends whose funerals we were unable to attend. It is difficult to plan an open special service at this time but we are hoping to be able to give people the opportunity to light a candle for a loved one via a two hour ‘drop in’ at Westley Waterless on Sunday, 1 November between 4.00- 6.00pm.
If you will be attending the name of your loved one(s) will be said whilst you are there, if you are not able to attend but would like a name or names read out and/or a candle lit for them please let me or a churchwarden know. Thank-you.
Face coverings will be required and do listen out for any significant rule changes to church services.
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Revd Nikki Mann
Nikki is the Priest in Charge of the Raddesley Benefice (which consists of 6 churches) in Cambridgeshire