Vicar's Letter

October 2014

Do we take the Bible for granted?


[The Editorials have been taken from ‘The Parish Pump’]

 

As we approach Bible Sunday on 26th October, we can easily take for granted our freedom to read the Bible in our mother tongue. Here David Williams, a former CMS missionary in the Church of Uganda, recalls the suffering endured by those who first translated the Bible into English, and remembers an occasion in modern times when the right of Christians in Uganda to read the Bible freely came under threat.

 

September 2014

The Royal Horse Artillery - Wentworth Battery

 

[This month’s Leading Article has been written by Matthew Wiles to coincide with the centenary of the commencement of WWI and to remember those Wentworth and surrounding areas who took part in the conflict]

 

As August 4th marked the centenary of the start of World War One, and I thought of the British Legion’s ‘Lights Out’ commemorative event, it seemed appropriate that we should remember and be reminded of the efforts given by those at Wentworth and the surrounding areas.

 

The Wentworth Battery initially formed in 1908 when Lord Haldane (Secretary of State for War) devised the Territorial Army. Under this, most towns and villages were encouraged to create a second battalion under the local regiment, however, landowners such as Earl Fitzwilliam, were

August 2014

[Our leading article for August has been written by Rev Trevor Morley - Thank you Trevor]

 

Dear Friends

Here we are already in the month of August named after the first Emperor –Gaius Octavian – who became Augustus Caesar inaugurating the Imperial period of Roman rule after the civil wars that followed the murder of Julius Caesar who had authorised the Julian Calendar and from whom the month of July takes its name. Following the Roman system and their pagan gods our year now begins with January after Janus the two-faced Roman God, the God of gateways, looking into the past and facing the future. Then February –said to be named after Februa a goddess of purification, March from Mars the god of war marking the beginning of the campaign season, April from Aprilis and the idea of the opening buds. Next is May, Maia goddess of honour and the spring and June, Juno the consort of Jupiter followed by the aforementioned Roman Dictator with the first Emperor. Illogically then begins numbering: September a

July 2014

[Our Spiritual Message for this month has been kindly written by Barbara Sabin]

Dear Friends

The editorial in the May issue of the Parish Magazine by Roy Smalley I found to be extremely interesting and most worthy of debate. White wine or red wine used for Communion? The question is WWJD (what would Jesus Do?) and what do the scriptures say? The message of scripture is the message of salvation for all people. Jesus was a Jew. He is our Salvation. We read in the scriptures in Genesis Chapter 3 verse 15 the promise of Salvation. “….he (Jesus) will crush your head, and you (Satan) will strike his heel”. Throughout the Old Testament scriptures we see Jesus revealed. The Israelites were in bondage to the Egyptians and a leader was raised in Moses to free the people and in Exodus Chapter12 we learn about –

THE PASSOVER
“The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, ‘This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must

June 2014

A DISQUIETING THOUGHT

 

[Our leading article this month was written by Roy Smalley – thank you very much, Roy]

 

A new innovation has crept into our service of Holy Communion recently, which I disagree with, and which I find deeply disturbing. I refer to the use of white wine. Holy Communion is not a meal in conventional sense. We are not asked: “Do you prefer red or white wine?” It is a sacrament – an outward sign of inward grace – initiated by Jesus himself at what turned out to be his last meal with his twelve disciples (not eleven, as depicted on our reredos). He knew that his death was imminent, despite the welcome he had received only a short time earlier from the crowds as he entered Jerusalem on a donkey. He knew that the religious leaders were planning to ‘fix’ him. After all,

May 2014

[The editorial for May has been written by Ann Collier.  Thank you Ann, for taking time during you busy schedule to write this article]  

 

Dear Friends,

April 2013

“WERE THE WHOLE REALM OF NATURE MINE?”


[The editorial for April has been written by Rev John Barrett. Thank you John for taking time to help us during our period of interregnum]

March 2014

LENTEN DISCIPLINE?



[The editorial for March has been written by Rev Trevor Morley. Thank you Trevor for taking time to help us during our period of interregnum]



Fortunately by the time that you have received the magazine you will have survived yet another, what has been termed, "Blue Monday"! Said to be the most depressing day of the year which this year’s was 27th January. It's a piece of pseudoscience which received a lot of publicity eight years ago when a Welsh psychologist published a formula by which his reason for identifying a particular date for this disturbing event could be calculated. Unsurprisingly it had to do with the winter season when the Christmas glow had faded away, New Year’s resolutions had been broken, cold winter weather had set in and credit card bills would be landing on doormats across the land – whilst the January pay-cheque was still some way away. The short daylight hours, lack of exercise and eating comfort food I suppose were also implicated in the general lowering of mood at a time of year when the thoughts of the returning spring and summer months were a little way off.


It is the breaking of New Year resolutions is a factor we could all easily identify as one which lowers our self-esteem. Once again we are made to realise we don't have the willpower we thought was ours and secretly see ourselves once again as ‘a bit of a failure’. For that reason, as perhaps for many of you, I for many years have made my only resolution to


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