THE PARISH OFFICE
As I write this on a rainy day towards the end
of May, I cannot but be drawn, with hope, to the words “Flaming
June”, as we herald the forthcoming month. God does indeed seem
to move in very mysterious ways, though I do believe that the somewhat
grim weather, to date, has triggered in us a heightened awareness and
appreciation of those few days of glorious sunshine that we have experienced
so far this year.
I turn my thoughts to flowers and the anticipation of our Flower Festival
weekend at the end of the month, culminating in our Songs of Praise service
on the Sunday evening when I pray that our church will resound to the
singing of those favourite hymns chosen by our congregation.
The beauty of God’s creation is to be found all around us every
day but I am sure many of you will agree that we are often far too busy
scurrying around to notice these wonders. So I encourage you to take time
out and visit the Flower Festival in this beautiful church of St Thomas,
where you can not only appreciate the floral displays but also admire
the skills employed and time given by all those who have arranged them.
Many people I know say that they find God in their garden and, indeed,
my daily dog walks have stopped me in my tracks of late, as I have marvelled
at the array of bluebells in the woodland at the top of our garden. Although
this is an annual occurrence, it never ceases to delight me.
We are now in the season of Trinity of which you will learn more when
you read the rest of this magazine. As a summing-up, I pray that we, as
Christ’s disciples in his world, will be empowered to live out the
mystery of the Trinity as we continue to worship God in the presence of
Christ and with the Holy Spirit within us.
May God bless every one of us.