The Nene Crossings Benefice

Revd. Pauline writes......

Wide Open Skies – Wide Open Lives

I write this letter whilst on holiday in North Norfolk where the wide open skies and the sea appear to meet on the far horizon.

January and the “new year, new you brigade” might get more attention but I’ve always felt September is the real month of change. We all spend our formative years on a rigorous schedule that conditions us to view this back-to-school period with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. The long lazy days and carefree nights might be over, but there’s much to look forward to, in early autumn. Blackberries and early sunsets can act as a reminder to start thinking about new opportunities, goals and changes we want to make in our lives. Many people actually name autumn as their favourite season.

Autumn and winter are traditionally the seasons for reflection and growth, they provide time to “bunker down”, reflect and then take action. In other words, autumn is about renewal of self and also renewal of the land.

This year our churches are all celebrating Harvest Thanksgiving at the beginning of October (details of the individual services are printed on the diary page). Harvest provides us with an opportunity to give thanks for all we’ve been given and in turn we can demonstrate our thankfulness by giving to those less fortunate.

This year our schools and churches are being asked to donate gifts either dry or tinned foods to two of our local organisations. The three villages will again be supporting the Irthlingborough Food Bank, whilst St. Peter’s, Irthlingborough, are being asked to support the Daylight Centre, with either dry or tinned foods, or donations of money, enabling the Centre to continue.

St. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians chapter 9 verse 7:

God loves it when the giver delights in the giving”.

Verse 10 continues:

This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God”.

(Translation - ‘The Message’ The Bible in contemporary language).

Love and prayers, Rev’d. Pauline.