There's something to be said for being patient, I expect. I keep trying to work out what it is but I never hang around long enough to find out. I know I should sometimes just sit and wait, patiently, for the world to turn, but so often I find myself huffing and puffing because, well, why wouldn't you when there's so much to be done? You get my drift. I am not good at waiting. And this time of year somehow makes it all the more frustrating. I noticed yesterday that it was 6.15pm and still not all that dark. Hooray! I thought... summer is almost upon us.
Fool. Of course it isn't. Summer is still months off. We've got Spring first and that is just as good. I realised I was trying to run through the year. After the year we've all had, perhaps that isn't surprising. Even so, deep down, deep within, it just means we are missing out what is already around us. This Saturday/Sunday, 20th/21st March, is the Spring Equinox: a moment in the cycle of the year when the day is as long as the night, the first day of Spring in many ways, and certainly a special time for noticing the passage of time.
Easter is a moveable feast, as we all know. The date is set as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring equinox, so this Sunday has ramifications for the whole church year. It is a time to notice. It is also a time to consider the words of Jeremiah (see above, ch31v31): God is going to make a new covenant with us, and this year that idea has extra meaning because Easter Day this year will see us re-opening our churches to in-person worship. Last Easter we were all shut up in our homes, not really anything like zoom had kicked in. We were in a bit of a confused state, frankly. A new covenant sounds excellent. It WILL happen.
The world has turned, the seasons have continued and we have continued to wonder. Now, as Easter Day approaches, as Spring gets going, as it all seems so hopeful, let's give thanks that we can look to Easter this in hope of a new covenant.
But... let's not get ahead of ourselves either. There are two Sundays before Easter. Passion Sunday this week and then Palm Sunday the next. Each is meaningful to us as Christians and we need to be patient (I need to be patient!). The future will be here in good time. But in the meantime it's better to dwell in the moment. The year just gone hasn't all been a year of nothing but isolation and lockdown. It has had times when we've learned a bit about who we are. Yes, Easter Day will be joyous. But all life within the Kingdom of God can be joyous if you stop to smell the flowers.
Please start giving some thought to your favourites. The Sunday worship at Stoke St Gregory on 18th July will be a combined “Songs of Praise” with the Baptist church. It will be outdoors and so we will be able to sing openly and without masks… O Joy! There will be a suggestion form in church in Lyng on 13th June and subsequently in Stoke St Gregory.
We are gathering tomorrow (13th June) for our monthly united benefice Eucharist. This month it is at St Bartholomew's, Lyng. Parking is available in the "Old Pub Carpark": thank you!
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