Rev John's June Jottings

28 May 19

How good are you at waiting?

 Are you signed up to Amazon Prime to get your order next day?  Do you order things from Argos because you know you can get them later in the day you ordered them? More and more people want things, responses and attention instantly.  We can’t wait.  We must have it NOW.  Speed is of the essence. Instant satisfaction.

However, in our quest for instant desires to be fulfilled, we are actually missing out on much that matters most in life.  We are failing to grasp the meaning of waiting and the benefits that can bring.  Waiting teaches us patience – ever met a patient speeding car driver? Waiting teaches us dependence on others and God; Waiting teaches us to grow strong and resilient, to prepare for the unexpected, to plan the way forward, to be still, to pray, to learn peace and contentment and much more.

We have been at a time in the church’s calendar from Ascension, when Jesus ascended to heaven, to Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came and the church was born.  The disciples were told to wait in Jerusalem until they would receive power from the arrival of the Holy Spirit.  It must have been a really testing time, but it was to give them a discipline that they could not learn any other way.

In the Bible we read from the prophet Isaiah:

‘They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They will mount up like wings on eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint’.

 Wishing you all the gifts that waiting can bring.

 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 Curate 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!