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Pastoral Letter Jun16 - Aug16

I don’t know about you, but I can’t quite believe we will soon be half-way through the year.  Summer is approaching – conjuring up images of strawberries and cream, Wimbledon, visits to the coast, dining al fresco and not forgetting the season of the Proms.  Whilst we may not be hosting a promenade concert in the circuit, there is an opportunity to come to Middle Rasen on the evening of 7thAugust and familiarise ourselves with some of the fabulous new hymns in Singing The Faith.  I do hope you’ll be able to go along.

For many people, the summer months are particularly enjoyable as the longer days and (hopefully) warmer and brighter weather create extra opportunities to socialise and relax.  Summer is also a time when many will choose to take a holiday – whether that’s going away or staying a home but taking a break from the normal routines and occupations.

Rest and relaxation are, I think, an important part not only of our faith journeys but also of growing and deepening our faith and our relationship with God.  Sometimes, it’s taking time out, or doing something different, that creates the space for thoughts to develop and expand.  So as we enjoy the summer days ahead, let’s not forget Jesus’ encouragement:  “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet space and get some rest” (Mark 6: 31)

Have a blessed and refreshing summer,

 

Sarah Parkin