From the Rector
Routine is an inevitable and an essential part of our lives.
We do so many things at the same time or on the same day on each occasion, and if we didn’t, we quite possibly wouldn’t do them at all.
Almost all businesses run on this basis and so do most of our domestic set-ups. Routine may sound dull and tedious, just doing the same stuff, time after time, but it can be liberating too; if we have a pattern that is regular and predictable, we can relax and not worry that we might forget.
The downside is that life can appear very samey, with nothing new to inspire us. Much the same applies to events that happen once a year. They come round and we do what we always do and they disappear until the next time, and we reflect that this time round was much the same as the last, and the one before that.
Recently I read an article in a journal about finding fulfilment in even the most routine daily tasks.
The writer insisted that there is a way of doing even something very basic with our eyes open to the possibility of pleasure and reward. She mentioned walking her dog along the same route everyday but deciding to look for a new hint of nature’s wonder or thinking or praying for the residents of a different house each time.
The same could very much apply to those annual festivals which I mentioned.
We know that much of the ritual will be the same as before, but we can always look for a nuance we haven’t spotted before or follow an angle that is new and refreshing.
The feast of Christmas is almost upon us again and we will all be hoping that something approaching normal will be possible, after the pressures and disappointments of 2020. But normal doesn’t have to mean uninspiring. Many of us will have attended countless Crib or Christingle services, or umpteen Christmas Eve or Day Communions.
We probably know the familiar readings practically off by heart. Your clergy probably do know them by heart! But one of the joys of these Bible readings is that there are always depths that we haven’t yet probed, if only we can be alert to them.
Elsewhere in this website are the times of all our Christmas services, and we offer a warm invitation to you to any or all of them.
Do come and share these familiar celebrations with us at any of our churches but come ready to discern a fresh vision of God’s boundless love for all of us, made known in the Word made flesh.