Vicar's letter

Dear Friends,

I was most excited to hear that a film of the television series Downton Abbey has just been released.  I haven’t yet seen it, but plan to as soon as possible.  I love Downton Abbey.  For someone like me who loves history, particularly the history of the last century, it is the perfect television drama.  In our uncertain times, it calls us to look back.  To remember those who were living not long ago and, in our uncertain times, it helps us to see that they too faced great challenges – personally, nationally and internationally.  I am very much looking forward then to seeing the film and, in all honesty, it will just be a delight to go to the cinema and see something that doesn’t involve talking Bears (Paddington), talking pigs (Peppa Pig) or talking Ponies that break into song on a remarkably frequent basis (My Little Pony).

Yet as this year enters its last three months, we are entering into a time of year when we are called to remember.  All Saints and All Souls are right at the beginning of next month.  On these occasions, we remember the Saints of the church whose lives have further revealed to us the love of God.  In more personal way, All Souls calls us to remember and give thanks to God for those who we have known and loved and who have gone before us.  And then of course, we will mark Remembrance Sunday on November 10th.

All three occasions of remembrance and thanksgiving remind us that in our fast-paced, forward looking world, remembering people and events of the past is important.  We can learn from them: their lives, their faith, their wisdom, and the personal and world events that they lived through.  Remembrance of the past can help us to navigate the very uncertain present and remind us once more that, as the Saints show us, we are never without God.  We can look to him as our ancestors did in good times and difficult and know that in all that we do, Jesus Christ walks with us – his light guiding us through our journey of life.

With every blessing,