Rev John's Jottings

27 Nov 19

If you could have anything for Christmas, what would it be? 

 It was Ebenezer Scrooge, the old miser, who regarded Christmas as humbug!  You might be inclined to agree when you listen to the ‘I wants’, the aggressive marketing, the whirr and beeps of the cash dispensers and the tills.  It can seem a far cry from the real meaning of Christmas and the sentiments of ‘Peace, good news and goodwill to all people on earth’. In actual fact, good news, good will and peace have nothing to do with material things.

If you could have anything in the world, what would it be? 

Surprisingly most people, whether rich or poor, young or old, male or female desire such things as inner peace, contentment, making sense of personal suffering and knowing the secret of happiness.

If you find yourself caught on the frantic conveyer-belt of Christmas, wondering what it’s all about and is it worth all the effort, why not step back and join us at church for a time of quiet and peace in the run up to Christmas – you might be surprised to find some of your questions answered!  Of the many popular Christmas carols, as opposed to Christmas jingles, is 'It came upon the midnight clear', and how appropriate are the words:

With sorrow brought by sin and strife, the world has suffered long,

And since the angels sang have passed

Two thousand years of wrong.

For man at war with man hears not

The love-song which they bring:

O hush the noise, you men of strife,

And hear the angels sing.

(Words by Edward Sears - American reformer and slave abolitionist)

As we make plans to journey to loved ones this holiday season, think about your faith journey as well. Where has your faith been lately? And where do you want it to go? In this advent season, God still bids us to "Follow in the Saviour’s footsteps." When we respond with our hearts, we will find ourselves on the paths of love, joy and peace.

With all good wishes as you prepare for the run up to Christmas,

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!