Navigating the river of life

On Saturday friends from Norwich came over for a bit of lunch and to enjoy some time in our kayak on the River Stour at Dedham. The weather was warm and sunny, the water was calm, and everyone had a great time. Of course, the idea of a gentle paddle along a quiet slow-moving...
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The oyster

Do you find it annoying when something or someone ‘gets under your skin’? Well we could all learn a lesson from the oyster that turns an irritating foreign body into something beautiful – a pearl.     I read this poem recently: This tale has a moral – for isn’t it grand,What an...
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Jesus calls for action

Jesus tells us in the gospels to “do”.  “Jesus went about doing good” (Acts 10 v 38).  He told us to:  shine, forgive, love everyone, take up your cross, follow, come, go, give, make disciples, pray and fast privately, to watch and pray, to resist temptation, to bear o...
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Behold! (June 2019 pastoral letter)

If anyone was to ask me which of all the birds that God created is my favourite, I would have to say the sparrow. What?? Not the bluetit? – look at those colours! Not the woodpecker? – a flamboyant fisherman! Not the eagle? – flying high and soaring on the...
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“Blinded by Your Grace” – (March 2019 pastoral letter)

Lord, I’ve been brokenAlthough I’m not worthyYou fixed me, I’m blindedBy your graceYou came and saved me…. My go-to book when I need encouragement or inspiration or when I am just feeling a bit jaded with everything is “What’s so amazing about grace” by Philip Yancey.  “Lovesick...
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The Cake (February 2019 pastoral letter)

It was at a leaders meeting when Steve spoke about a ‘picture’ brought by Hazel.  At the time I didn’t know what the picture was because I hadn’t been at that particular meeting. This was his interpretation of it. He said it made him think of a cake,...
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Car crash! (January 2019 pastoral letter)

A few days ago, I was the first on-scene at a road traffic accident in Great Bentley. It happened at the notorious staggered junction outside ‘The Court House’. I had just arrived at the junction and had slowed to see if the road was clear for me to pull out. As I looked to my...
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Arrivals! (December 2018 pastoral letter)

A few days ago, I found myself supping coffee and watching the goings-on inside Heathrow Airport’s International Arrivals hall.  We were there to collect my father-in-law returning from the Middle East where he had visited family. Traffic en-route had been light, so we had time...
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I want more! (November 2018 pastoral letter)

One of the most famous lines from any film or musical has to be, “Please sir, I want some more.” from the 1968 musical drama ‘Oliver’.  The young orphan finds himself growing up in the workhouse.  In this renowned scene Oliver has the audacity not to be content for the meagre...
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Signs of change? (October 2018 pastoral letter)

They say a leopard can’t change its spots.  Well, apparently the same is not true for fish!  Last year, ten fish successfully spawned in our pond. Two were multi-coloured but the remaining eight were uniformly black.   Whilst they grew over the year, their colour remained...
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