Rev’d John’s Jottings for May

26 Apr 18

“One season following another, laden with happiness and tears”

At last, it seems Spring has arrived!  Despite being told it’s change and new experiences that keep life interesting and exciting, how much do we actually  need and rely on routine and predictable things?  The year would be disastrous for farmers if they could not plant, sow and harvest at expected times of the year.  Our wardrobes would be a jumble of clothes if we did not know what each season’s weather would bring.  Much of our planning depends on the changing seasons of winter, spring, summer and autumn.

In actual fact our lives could be compared to the seasons.  Winter reminds us of times of difficulty, of hard times, death and feelings of coldness and rejection; spring opens up possibilities of new life, new beginnings, renewal and hope for the future; summer reminds us of warmth, rest and refreshment, green pastures and still waters; then autumn speaks to us of harvest and fruitfulness, reward for labour and time to strengthen and prepare for the winter that lies ahead.  

There’s a phrase that appears a lot in the Bible –‘And It came to pass’ - that’s just like the seasons!  Don’t think you will stay in one season all through life!  So it is with the churches and communities which I and my wife, France, have come to join. For some you may be in a winter season, for others it will be a different one, but you can be sure when faith and trust in God is involved, there is a consistent spirit at work in you that creates a sense of acceptance and contentment.  One hymnwriter spoke of this when he wrote the words of this hymn:

Through all the changing scenes of life,

in trouble and in joy,

the praises of my God shall still

my heart and tongue employ

Sadly our society and culture can encourage us to be dissatisfied, discontented, envious and resentful.  However, it’s now spring!  We have the opportunity to look to new life, new beginnings. We see the plants beginning to sprout, the birds singing and building their nests, the sun shining more and the air around warmer. 

I hope you will join me at your local churches when we begin our parish ministry with you in Ansley and Arley. Together we can look forward to sharing in all the possibilities that this season of Spring can bring to our lives!  We don’t have to stay in winter!

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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!