Parish News

Letter for May 2018 Dear Friends
 Magazine Letter May 2018.
Soft rain is falling from a grey sky as I write here in High Wych, but morning TV coverage is from The Commonwealth Games in the summer sunshine of New Zealand. Many of us enjoy watching people at the top of their sport, strive & struggle to achieve their next aim - a medal at a major meet, a world record, a personal best, that team title. From golf to diving from the 3 metre platform - or watching a child find an ability and a love for rugby, gymnastics, squash, skiing, tennis etc, we find ourselves lifted by their achievements and grieving with them in the disappointments. At the top the pressure to succeed is huge - from the athletes themselves -as well as the media coverage around them; and don’t newspapers love to build someone up to then revel in their fall! So we shouldn’t be surprised by the temptation to cheat - by tampering with a cricket ball, using unnecessary medical treatment to boost stamina or stamping on an opponent - but it disappoints us and the result seems worth so much less; we want our winners to act fairly, honestly. Until Whitsun on May 20 we are still celebrating Easter, thankfully remembering Jesus’ victory over death -  and his being raised to a new kind of life on Easter morning; but Good Friday only succeeded because Jesus didn’t cheat. He was tempted to choose an easier way. Peter one of his closest friends, unwittingly joined the devil to encourage Jesus to avoid dying. Jesus was as aware of pain as you and me, he knew very well what Roman crucifixion meant. He had thought of ways to avoid dying; he could have been known as a wonder worker or used personal power to rule the world. He could have become a celebrity - talked about, sought after, famous till he died of old age. But none of those ways would have the eternal effect of self-sacrificing love. Innocent, He took the worst that humanity could throw at him - the wanton cruelty, ridicule, prejudice, hate, jealousy; he met it with forgiving love and broke the power of death so that we can find our way back to God. It’s a mystery, but his self-sacrifice opens the way to eternal life:  An innocent victim paid the price of our waywardness, so we have a new start, a clean sheet. Thank goodness for no shortcuts, no cheating! Just the power of God’s generous love for us, in the determination and commitment of the human Jesus.
Alleluia!
God’s Blessing on you and yours,
Revd Wendy



FORTHCOMING EVENTS

7th & 8th July
Flower Festival and Afternoon Tea,

St James, High Wych,
Saturday 10am to 4pm,
Sunday 12 noon to 4pm.

8th & 9th September
Scarecrow Festival,

St James, High Wych
Saturday 10am to 4pm,
Sunday 12 noon to 4pm.


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FRIDAY 25TH MAY 2018 7.30PM
ST JAMES CHURCH, HIGH WYCH
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