Rev. John's October Jottings

28 Sep 18

Dear Friends,

Over the past few months there have been a number of major hurricanes and floods across the world.  Our hearts go out to those who have experienced such frightening devastation.  Like many natural events, despite all the technology to predict such storms, there is little that can stop the forces of nature, no matter how well prepared we can be.  They can strike at any time and place, and they are no respecter of persons.  

It was a fisherman’s prayer that once said, ‘Lord, the sea is so vast and our boat is so small, please help us!’  

As human beings we can often convince ourselves that we are invincible and masters of our own destiny, when more often than not we are fragile and weak and don’t even know what tomorrow will bring.  Things can happen to us that, far less huge than tidal waves, can bring us to our knees.  Our perspective on life and the world gets distorted.  This is when having an anchor in life is extremely important.

For a number of years, I lived on the north-east coast of Essex, not far from a lifeboat station.  Whenever there was a vessel in trouble, the ‘maroon’ (I leave you to Google it, if you don’t know what this is!) would sound and the whole town would know the lifeboat crew would be embarking on their mission of rescue.  It was my call to pray ‘for those in peril on the sea’.   Throughout my life, faith and prayer have been my anchor not just in the storms of life but every moment of each day.  Dare I ask you - do you have an anchor in your life or are you just drifting in the sea of life?  None of us are immune from the storms of life.

Wishing you a safe life’s journey.

Rev 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!