St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 10th February 2013
"Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10)
It’s a busy time for us in the parish at the moment – preparing. Preparing for the Licensing Service, which is only three weeks away, preparing (and, now, re-preparing) for the new ministry which will follow and the changes and challenges that will present, preparing for new arrangements for the Café at Barts, arranging the redecorating of the Parish and Rector’s Offices in the Centre and then the Rectory; and all the time trying to do the ordinary things that need doing – preparing for the APCM, revising the electoral role, keeping the Centre open, and so on, as well as trying to keep up with the flood of Rob’s ideas for the Parish, even before his licensing!
It’s all good stuff and we really wouldn’t want it any other way. But we are having to pedal rather hard to avoid getting left behind. Is there anything else – Oh yes, Ash Wednesday, Lent and Easter. It’s easy to forget about them when our thoughts and diaries are focused on everything else. It is as if there are parallel processes going on, and maybe there are, and maybe we have to accept that, at least for the next few weeks. The challenge is to keep them both going and ride the two bicycles at the same time.
They have the same objectives and are working to the same ends – to enrich the life of the church, to promote its ministry and so to help us fulfil our individual callings as servants of Him who sent us. So keep pedalling and praying.