Rev. John's August Jottings

29 Jul 19

Rev John’s Jottings 

On 19th July this year, the world was commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first men on the moon.  It was when the astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke those immortal words as his foot touched the surface of the moon: ‘One small step for man, one giant step for mankind.’

It was an occasion where many world leaders and commentators said it was an event that brought the world together as a single human race.  The uniqueness of our earthly humanity joined as one, as we reached out to another part of the universe with unknown possibilities.

It may well have been the only time since then that our common humanity has united each other.  Sadly back on our own planet of earth, prejudices, disagreements and broken relationships continue to divide us personally, nationally and internationally.

However, such things needn’t be the norm.  It may be up to us as an individual to take our ‘first small step’, which will be the start of a giant step in bringing reconciliation and peace to others.

Taking the initiative, like stepping on the moon, is a very courageous and humbling thing to do.  Sadly, pride is often the biggest hurdle to overcome.

Just another surprising event took place prior to the men emerging from the ‘Eagle’ Lunar Landing Vehicle.  Armstrong’s co-pilot Buzz Aldrin pulled out a Bible, a small silver chalice and some bread and wine.  There on the moon, their first act was to pray and celebrate communion.  Makes you think doesn’t it!  What would you do if you were stepping out into the unknown?  Living on our planet earth today is no less fraught with the unknown.

May you have a good holiday if you are away for the summer and come back refreshed and ready perhaps to take some new steps in the right direction needed.

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!