What is to be done?

| Simon Bale | Vicar's Blog

I am not alone in feeling so utterly emptied of joy by the events in Ulvade, Texas. I heard the news and wept. Literally wept. I wept after Dunblane, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Utøya, and more. I will weep again. And I will throw up my hands in horror and confusion. I will ask (enraged) why people do such things. I will scream into the darkness about gun control and I will (have done) held my head in my hands when I hear people explain in cold, calm, pitiless words how good guns can stop bad guns.

But the killings will continue and the sorrow will return, and more people, young and old, will die. What do we do? What do we say? Who do we ask to change the world? I am not sure. But…

…My faith is deep and sound. This is not to say that it is obvious or straightforward, nor that it is explainable to anyone other than me. I am not sure how it happens, but I know that God is sorrowful too at the way we humans can behave in such dark and dreadful ways. My faith carries me along, however. Sometimes I am not sure where, but I know that God is alongside me in my sorrow and my unsettled worries about murder, weaponry, conflict and the propensity we have to damage others.

I am a pacifist, in the sense that I would imagine we all are. Other than those whom society might consider psychopathic, all people are good, wishing only good on the world. I am a pacifist in so far as I cannot imagine a situation in which violence can be the ultimate aim for any interaction with another person, but when it comes down to talk of “good guns” compared to “bad guns” I struggle to see a way forward.

The first commandment: do not kill. It’s not that most of us need to be reminded, and I suspect neither did the ancient Israelites as they wandered in Sinai. But it was clearly necessary for the society then to have it set out loud and clear: do not kill. It still is now. Obviously. For some.

So, what do we do about it? I feel powerless in my tears to make any difference. The rhetoric that has emerged this week that has supported gun-ownership in the US gives me little hope that a change is imminent, and so I will face another sorrowful time, weeping for murdered school children and their teachers. But, I have faith. And that means I do have hope—however small—that it is worth seeking love and that the love I seek can be used gradually, moment by moment, to increase the sum total of goodness noticed in the world.

I cannot bring those children back. I cannot transform gun law in the US. I can’t even transform any law in the UK. But I can live in love, seeking goodness, sharing goodness, showing love to those around me and praying for others to join in.


Covid Update

Given the significant rise in cases locally (not just among the clergy!), I think it is important that we reconsider the way we distribute communion. For the present time, until things settle down again, we will be reverting to the previous system of “priestly intinction” whereby the president offers an “intincted” wafer to communicants. Please do not feel obliged to receive the wine in this way. It is perfectly acceptable to receive only the bread: please let the president know.

Lyngfest! Saturday July 30th, 7pm

Join us in the Village Hall garden for an evening of live music accompanied by Cheese and Cider tasting. Ticket £10 available in advance only. Kids go free. A Pop up Pub will also be available with a good selection of drinks on offer for a suggested donation.

Evening of Romantic Song and Popular Favourites, Sat 20th Aug

Saturday August 20th at 7.30pm in North Curry Church: Gregory Steward, tenor, presents an Evening of Romantic Song and Popular Favourites. Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine/juice: available from North Curry Post Office or from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the door. Under-18s free.

Lyng Harvest Supper, 3rd September at 6pm

Come and celebrate the season with friends and food. Delicious fare for us to share. Ticket £5 available in advance only to include supper and a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink. We will be collecting donations for the local food-bank.

A Pop up Pub will also be available with a good selection of drinks on offer for a suggested donation.

Lyng Quiz Night: 1st Oct at 7pm

Get your thinking caps on for a fun flled quiz evening kindly hosted by Chris Barrington. Prize for the winning team. Followed by raffle. £10 per team of 4. In advance.

A Pop up Pub will also be available with a good selection of drinks on offer for a suggested donation.

A prayer for Ukraine

Father of all,

We hold before you today the country of Ukraine and its people. We have no words to express the sadness we feel for them. We pray that your Holy Spirit will act to bring peace; that violence and brutality will have no place in its lands; that you will hold your people safe

Lord have Mercy

We pray that the people of your world will work together

To protect the poor and the afraid To heal the sick and the dying To free those oppressed and in prison We hold them all before you

Christ have Mercy

We hold before you those we know who are caught up in the situation. We pray for our armed forces. We pray for all those who stand for good in the face of evil. We pray for those hurting and grieving for their country. We hold them all in your love

And above all we pray for hope.

Lord have Mercy

Amen

Athelney Prayer

Almighty God, who made all things and sustains all things, we come together remembering the past and full of hope for the future.

We thank you for the part you call us to play in our Benefice's continuing story.

Lord, bind us more closely together and unite us in the work of your kingdom in our communities. Help us to draw on the gifts and talents in our midst and to use them in your service.

May we be a welcoming and loving community, united in worshipping you and open to your guiding Spirit.

Holy Spirit guide us and fill us with vision and energy; make us faithful in prayer and worship, that we may discover your way for the future and see your kingdom grow.

We ask these things in the name of your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Amen

Choir practice
19 Aug 2022
04:00PM - 05:00PM

Lyng Coffee Morning
20 Aug 2022
10:30AM - 12:00PM

Wedding: Michelle and Matthew
20 Aug 2022
12:00PM - 05:00PM

Lyng a summer Fete
20 Aug 2022
02:00PM - 03:00PM

An Evening of romantic song and popular favourites with Gregory Steward (North Curry Church)
20 Aug 2022
07:00PM - 10:00PM

Eucharist: BCP (North Curry)
21 Aug 2022
08:00AM - 09:00AM