Mothering Sunday is upon us, and in these curious times. I have opted this year to use the Lent 4 readings rather than the rather poor selection of options offered in the lectionary. However, in fact these readings seem not only appropriate for our Lenten journey in this stark time, but also in some respects fulfil the themes we generally associate with this day which speaks to us ultimately of relationship. The Gospel writer John is leading us towards the moment when our own personal relationship with God is made abundantly clear in its starkest form, as Jesus is lifted up – i.e. raised on the cross. God unites the divine love with our humanity which then we are then to reveal as part of the Body of Christ. Ultimately all love is derived from God, who is love. We are walking icons of God’s love made known in Jesus Christ.
But what a year! I was reflecting recently that on Lent 3 last year we had over 100 people at our 9.45 despite the growing crisis surrounding Covid. The following Sunday there were five and thereafter the church shut for those long months with only the odd ‘illicit’ service by me in an empty building (although it then transpired that they weren't illicit!)
Now, with Spring in the air again, we are starting the long path to a new normality. Sunday morning services in church will resume from Sunday week (21st March) when the 8.00 will be reinstated. Please note that ticketing is still required for the 9.45 (via the website) Those attending at 8.00 will need to bring their contact details. However, the 9.45 and all other main services will also continue to be Zoomed - I believe this will remain part of our practice in the future and this together with other forms of outreach will be something we will consider further as we move forward. However, let’s rejoice that, as we begin to experience more freedom in our interactions with others, that our lives know the ultimate freedom that Christ achieved for us through death and resurrection. In him is true freedom!
With love and blessings,
Michael J Maine
Vicar and Rural Dean of Cuckfield
Huge congratulations to Ann and the staff at Holy Trinity School for the exceptional work they have expended in ensuring the safe return of the children of our community to school. Cuckfield has been blessed by the extraordinary dedication of all the staff at Holy Trinity. What joy for the children to resume some semblance of normality. Please hold Holy Trinity, Warden Park, the Bewbush Academy, Crawley and all schools in your prayers.
Praying with Pots
After Easter, we are hoping to run a short reflective series of four weeks, which has been put together by Fran Lloyd, of Hope Church, Winchester. Each week you are asked to set one hour aside, at a time to suit you, with a 20 minute video, leading gently into a time of prayer and reflection, with the aid of related materials, to hear God speaking to you in the silence. If you think you might be interested, it would be really useful to let Vicky Peattie know.
Our Lent Course continues next week, and a reminder that you can just turn up, even if you didn't make the first two weeks. The options are Wednesday at 8.00pm, Thursday at 7.00pm, or Friday at 3.00pm. All sessions are, of course, on the Zoom Blue Button.
If you haven't yet taken the opportunity to visit the art works supporting this year's appeal, do try to. They are profoundly moving, and we know that many people have visited especially to see them. Once again, we are so grateful to Margaret Somers for her inspiring work.
Food Appeal for Schools
Thank you so much for your ongoing support of this, which brings comfort to so many families; the need continues to be urgent (the appeal flyer is available here). Jane continues collecting and taking to Holy Trinity School (01444 617158). Items for The Bewbush Academy may be left for Rebecca Anderson at 8 Leyton Lea.
Hymns on Sunday
A number of people commented on the post-Communion video last Sunday, to the song 'He will hold me fast'. If you would like to watch it again on YouTube, just click on this link. We do have another unfamiliar tune to a familiar hymn on Sunday, it's 'For the beauty of the earth', and you can listen in before the service if that helps.
Parish Magazine for March
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