Over The Wall Letter, April and May 2017 edition
 
Dear Friends,
 
Over the last few months, I seem to have been overcoming one bout of illness after the other and started to wonder if I would ever feel well again. From the conversations that I have had, it would seem that many of you have also been feeling this way, particularly with the effects of the last flu bug - which in some cases have been lasting for weeks and months after the event. These lasting effects can so easily make us feel very low and have a negative impact on our well-being. So it was a wonderful tonic for me when one of my old friends sent me an email after hearing of my last illness and said that now I am in my 60's I should expect things to go downhill. He then sent me a list of signs that are signs that one is getting older. So I share this with you in the hope that if you are feeling under the weather, they will make you smile.
 
20 Signs You're Getting Older:
 
      1. Everything hurts and what doesn't hurt doesn't work.
  1. The gleam in your eyes is from the sun hitting your bifocals.
     
  2. You feel like the morning after and you haven't been anywhere.
     
  3. Your little black book contains only names that end in M.D.
     
  4. Your children begin to look middle aged.
     
  5. You finally reach the top of the ladder and find it leaning against the wrong wall.
     
  6. Your mind makes contracts your body can't meet.
     
  7. You look forward to a dull evening.
     
  8. Your favourite part of the newspaper is "20 Years Ago Today."
     
    10. You turn out the lights for economic rather than romantic reasons.
     
  9. You sit in a rocking chair and can't get it going.
     
  10. Your knees buckle, and your belt won't.
     
  11. You're 17 around the neck, 42 around the waist, and 95 around the golf course.
     
  12. Your back goes out more than you do.
     
  13. Your pacemaker makes the garage doors go up when you see a pretty girl.
     
  14. The little old grey haired lady you helped across the street is your wife.
     
  15. You sink your teeth into a steak, and they stay there.
     
  16. You have too much room in the house and not enough in the medicine cabinet.
     
  17. Your arms are almost too short to read the newspaper.
     
  18. You sing along with the music in the lift. 
Here's wishing you all an ailment free Easter and that the risen Christ may bring His healing love into all of our homes and lives. And may the good news of the resurrection fill us all with eternal hope and gladness - this Easter and always.
Every good wish
Revd Captain David Scurr CA


Over The Wall Letter, February and March 2017 edition

Dear Friends,
 
Now that the Christmas season is well behind us, we turn our attention to the coming of Lent, which this year begins on Wednesday the 1st March.
 
Lent is a time when the church and its people prepare themselves for the coming of Easter, through fasting and prayer, or by simply making time for God in our very busy lives. One way of doing this is by spending a few minutes each day reading a portion of scripture from the Bible or by reading one of the many daily reading booklets that are readily available in Christian bookshops.
 
We at St Chad's and St Mary's use the New Daylight daily reading booklets which helps us to journey though Lent together.
 
These booklets help us to reconnect with and/or discover more about God by encouraging us to read a recommended piece of scripture every day.
 
I find that spending a small amount of time every day with some bible reading notes helps us, not only on our spiritual journey but also on our life's journey as well.
 
Even Jesus himself needed to spend time in prayer to connect with His Father and to hear His Fathers voice. He also encouraged his disciples to follow his example and even taught them the Lord's Prayer as a way to pray when they struggled to find anything to say. As prayer can be hard - even for the most devout. This is one of the reasons why bible notes are helpful, as they can get us started on the right path to beginning a daily time of prayer and bible reading.
 
Did you know that when we read the bible, we discover about God's great love for us and that He has a plan for each one of us. We discover how God longs to be part of our lives and how He wants to be with us on our life's journey.
 
One of the great psalms, psalm 139, tells us that God made each one of us and that He knew us even before we were born. It's a psalm that has helped many people over the years and a psalm that is still relevant for each one of us today.
 
In fact, many of the psalms can speak to us in many of life's situations, if only we but make the time and read them.
 
So, this Lent, why not try starting the day with a bible reading booklet instead of the TV Guide or newspaper?
 
Because if we do, we might just discover that this can have a very positive effect, not only on our spiritual - but also on our physical and emotional wellbeing as well.
 
If you would like to subscribe to the New Daylight bible reading notes via the church, then please contact me for more information.
 
May I wish you all every blessing this Lent.
 
Revd David Scurr

 

Over The Wall Letter, December 2016 and January 2017 edition
 
Dear Friends,
I have always loved Christmas. Perhaps you are now expecting me to say that this year is no different, but I have to say that it is different, because I love it even more.
 
My faith in the most important Christmas gift of all, the gift of God’s Son Jesus Christ, has been deepened and strengthened by the Christian love and support I have been privileged to receive in my battle against cancer this year. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers which have been truly tangible and wonderfully effective.
 
Advent is a season of waiting, of preparation for the gift of our Saviour.
For my family and I, the last nine months have been a season of waiting – waiting for results and outcomes of many months of chemotherapy treatment, wonderful NHS medical care and months of prayer by so many caring people, may God bless them all.
 
My early Christmas gift is that I am now in remission and I still have the tremendous celebration to come on Christmas Day when we give thanks that God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
 
What a gift to prepare ourselves for in this Advent season! To pray, to wait, to be still and know that He is God!
 
Of course, it is difficult to make space to pray, to wait, to be still in our busy lives. We live at such a pace. Everything must be done quickly. All the space is taken up with important jobs and commitments.
We might even think that stopping just to think and reflect is time wasted, but nothing that helps us to align ourselves with God’s direction for us is ever wasted. If we expect God to make time for us we should make time for Him. For as we search for God’s presence around and within us we can find in God’s love the full meaning and purpose of our lives. Over time and with patience we can come to know God more and more as we glimpse the divine, glimpse the extraordinary in the midst of our everyday ordinary lives.
 
Maybe we could do no better than look again at Jesus and his whole method of working. Did he not take the ordinary and invite people to see beyond the carpenter, beyond the shepherd, beyond the farmer, the housewife, the leper, the wise and foolish girls, to wider and deeper truths? His invitation to the early disciples was to ‘come and see.’
Why would he change now? His invitation is the same to us today: ‘come and see.’ Look in the Bible. See how he lived his life. Understand why he lived it as he did and for whom: … for us.
 
An ability to see beyond the ordinariness, to see beyond the immediate, is at the heart of our faith, to sense that, behind anything that can be experienced, there is something that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty reaches us only indirectly and as a faint reflection.
 
Christianity began with a man who allowed others to glimpse God in his life, and he told them that God would one day be glimpsed in them.
The first disciples met a mere carpenter from Nazareth but they saw in him something more; they saw the height and the depth and the breadth of God’s love, and they caught a fleeting glance of what their lives might become.
 
Many families come together at Christmas, come home.
Let us make sure we invite Jesus to be right there at home with us.
 
May God bless you and all those you love this Christmas and always.
 
Steve Peaurt
Reader, St Chad’s Farndon and St Mary’s Coddington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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