Building Bridges at Easter

25 Mar 18

It has been said that, ‘An Englishman’s home is his castle’.  Amongst other things, does that mean a person who has built a wall to keep people out, or a bridge over the moat to let people in?  Often it is easier to pull up the drawbridge and close the door to others and the world than it is to be a bridge builder and let others into our space and lives.

There are times when we need to put up a wall to preserve and protect us.
For example, one anonymous writer has described marriage as being like a ‘Walled Garden’:
Your marriage should have within it a secret and protected space, open to you alone. Imagine it to be a walled garden, entered by a door to which only you hold the key. Within this garden you will cease to be a mother, father, employee, homemaker or any other of the roles which you fulfil in daily life. Here you can be yourselves, two people who love each other. Here you can concentrate on one another’s needs. So take each other’s hands and go forth to your garden. The time you spend together is not wasted but invested – invested in your future and the nurture of your love.

However, there are times that require us to be bridge builders. Often there is cost involved, not necessarily in terms of money, but in time, effort and sacrifice as well as being misunderstood and rejected by others.  Do you remember one of the songs that children used to sing in school assemblies?
When I needed a neighbour were you there, were you there?
And the creed and the colour and the name won’t matter, were you there?

As Easter approaches, we can remind ourselves that when Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday, at the moment of his death, the Curtain in the Temple in Jerusalem was amazingly torn in two from top to bottom.  It was a symbol of a dividing wall coming down between us and God. A way of forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration was opened up for humanity to discover that there is a bridge over which divided human beings could find peace with God and peace with each other.
Being a bridge builder is not for cowards and may not be easy, but by taking one small step to being a bridge builder, it can be like taking one giant step for mankind.

Wishing you all a very meaningful Easter.

Rev’d John

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Rev. John Langlands

 It is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome you to St Laurence.  Frances, my wife, and I have received a very warm welcome ourselves, so you will not be disappointed when you visit St Laurence.  I am also the vicar of the other churches in Ansley and Arley – St John’s, St Michael’s and St Wilfrid’s.

Being in a rural and farming area in the north part of Coventry Diocese is like coming home for us.  A number of years ago I pastored a church in rural Norfolk which was mainly surrounded by arable farms with some pigs and chickens.  The strong sense of community life was something very special.  This should be particularly valued in these days when many folk live such individual, separate and often lonely lives. 

We have just had hot off the press a visiting card which I hope reflects what our church stands for: ‘You will not walk alone.  Together we are with you on life’s journey’.  Over these next weeks, months and years, I hope we can get to know you better and that you will find Frances and myself not just ‘churchy’ people but friends as well, who enjoy life and plenty of laughter!