I seem to be doing a lot of reviewing at the moment – I’ve just come back from an interview with the Bishop who has done my ‘appraisal’ – it seems you have me for a bit longer…
I have been reviewing the Vaughan Williams Festival and the Arnhem Service with others – to learn lessons about how we might do things better and differently the next time; and I have been thinking about a lot of things that have happened over the past year as I plan for 2019.
I know I need to take time to take stock – and it’s not always an easy lesson to learn! It’s so much easier to just get on with the next thing and hope all will be well. And if you are like me, there is a great temptation to do just that.
And we can all fall into the same trap of doing that same thing and hoping that something different will happen as a result! It was Enstein who said that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
Not only do we need to review events and activities but we sometimes need to review ourselves. And I know that I need to spend some time having a review with my relationship with the church and with God – so I am planning a bit of a retreat next year, to have some thinking, praying and planning time without the pressure of the next thing happening or the phone ringing or computer pinging.
Of course, the ‘Protestant Work Ethic’ in me says this is an indulgence but wiser people than me say that we all could usefully take time out to reflect, review, so that we have the opportunity to receive new perspectives and respond to new insights afforded by a bit of time and space – and indeed, the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The New Testament makes mention about how often Jesus took himself away to pray, to plan and to prepare for the next steps of his life journey and mission. If taking a little time out is good enough for him, it’s good enough for me.
The Rev’d John Swanton
Services at All Saints’ Church
Sunday 7th October
10.00am - Harvest Communion Service
Sunday 14th October
10.00am - Harvest Communion Service at Driffield
Sunday 21st October
10.00am - Parish Communion at Ampney Crucis
6.00pm - Word & Worship at Poulton
Sunday 28th October
10.00am - Parish Communion at Poulton
6.00pm - Evening Prayer and Meditation at Ampney Crucis
Thursday 1st November: All Saints Day
2.00pm - Clypping Service at the Church followed bt Tea and Cake!
Lost in Translation
Wednesday 24th October 10.30am for an hour or so – a look at St John’s Gospel at those passages that over time have been ‘lost in translation’.
Coffee, discussion and a look at scripture.
The Rectory, Ampney Crucis, GL7 5RY
4th wednesday of each month – at 11am in the Dakota Room. Please do come along and join us.
24th October : 28th November
Christmas Carol Service
5.30pm Sunday 9th December 2018
The Cantores Choir will be leading the singing at our Carol Service in Church this year. I know many of you enjoyed listening to them and joining with them last year – and they enjoyed being with us!
So do come along for a good sing.
Note to self – don’t ask them to sing
“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” this year…
It snowed a lot that night!
The Rev’d John Swanton
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