Jun 17, 2012

Fr Freddy's July message

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Category: General
Posted by: suzi hedgecock

The Diamond Jubilee was celebrated in good old Cornwood style.   The weekend, with church service and a splendid day on the cricket ground, was very memorable.  The weather, which could have been better, was not allowed to dampen people’s spirits.  Our congratulations and thanks to all who organised a fun time.

For church folk, we also celebrated the 60 years of our Queen Elizabeth holding the title of “Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England”.  However, now we go from the sublime to the ridiculous, because during the rest of this month and next the Grand Synod of the Church of England start again to argue over ordination of women to Bishops.  It seems that the male Bishops are not quite unanimous in their willingness to receive women!  It is true that you can’t please everyone, but this is just what the House of Bishops is trying to do and this is causing so much dissention.

To my mind, what particularly we celebrated is the Queen’s love of the Church of England and that it is a broad and inclusive Church.  And Women joining the episcopate, having gained the right to be ordained, has been just as inevitable as a woman eventually becoming Prime Minister, after the election of the first woman to Parliament in 1918.  I dread the next month with the picture it will give to those who look at the goings on of the church from outside.

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, in his sermon in St. Paul’s. asked for “the rebirth of an energetic, generous spirit of dedication to the common good and the public service, the rebirth of a recognition that we live less than human lives if we think just of our own individual good.”  What better symbol could there be, of dedication to the common good, than the cricket pavilion bar open, the cakes, the sandwiches, the teas, the hospitality of the village.  The village events of church and community; very powerful.  The good spirit of that Royal weekend gives many grounds for hope of a new community feeling.

Fr Freddy

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