St John's Church, Crossens
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We are delighted to let you know that we are now back open, with regular said services on Sunday and Wednesday from 10am. We look forward to welcoming everyone back!
In the meantime, please check out our Covid Resources section for links to online services from Rev Stewart McTaggart and Rev Les Thomas.
Welcome to St John's
We would love to welcome you to our church, which is the main focal point in the village of Crossens.
A Letter from Roger Abram
‘Wind of change’
In 1960 the then Prime Minister Harold Macmillan coined the phrase ‘Wind of change’ when forecasting that many African countries would seek their independence from British Colonial administration.
When God’s only Son Jesus came on earth to bring us a message of total love and hope that was the greatest ever ‘Wind of change’ in human history.
In early May this year the BBC screened a programme showing the 1951 Festival of Britain, preceded by a snapshot of a post war rationing regime, a wartime overhang , this, in complete contrast to the futuristic theme of the Festival; itself a ‘Wind of change’
A main Festival design feature was the concentration on illumination differentiating from the lighting blackout of the six war years. Here we think of Jesus bringing light out of the darkness, so well depicted in Holman Hunt’s ‘Light of the world’ picture of Jesus with His lamp.
There is a prayer in Celebrating Common Prayer which I hope we may find helpful
Grant us your light O Lord,
that the darkness of our hearts being overcome,
we may receive the true light,
even Christ our Saviour. Amen.
Another facet of the 1951 Festival was to feature British Discovery typically characterised by inventor Frank Whittle’s turbo jet engine. Surely our faith is a voyage of discovery as we navigate both the placid calms when all is going well, where it is tempting to ease off on our dependence on God. Then the hurricanes, when we realise the complete opposite.
It is surely the case as Brian Doerksen’s Lyrics in ‘Refiners Fire’ tell us that the storms of life incrementally build up and refine our faith as the rings on a tree stump.
My heart's one desire
Is to be holy
Set apart for You, Lord
I choose to be holy
Set apart for You, my Master
Ready to do Your will
Talking recently with a GP practice Nurse she noted that the ‘Lockdown’ effect among many patients was boredom and a lack of confidence, so as we regain our anticipated personal freedoms on 21st of June it’s a good time to reflect on how the freedom of forgiveness brought about by the Cross has meant that in our 21st Century world; two and a half billion Christians share that same precious gift of freedom, along with their certain hope of eternal life, they can’t all be wrong!
In John’s Gospel chapter 8 verse 36 Jesus says ”If the Son gives you freedom you are free”.
Its not long since Pentecost or Whit Sunday, when we would have heard how the Book of Acts records the Holy Spirit coming upon Jesus’ followers ‘like the sound of a mighty wind’, a veritable ‘Wind of change’. For now, as Jesus promised before His Ascension, the Holy Spirit is given to all believers, as our comforter guide teacher and helper, the way in which God chooses to answers our prayers.
Will we see the end of the pandemic as a catalyst for a further ‘Wind of change’?
Maybe in our own Team sphere of influence, the use of the internet to spread the Gospel to new families and individuals. To enhance fellowship and our Christian life within our Team.? Whilst not forgetting those amongst us with no access to the internet.
How about us in our own lives, in our communities, what will our new normal look like?
There is one certainty in our existence that will never ever change,
that is God’s love for each one of us.
Reader at St Cuthbert
Holy Communion 10am
Holy Communion 10am
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