Rev. John August Jottings

28 Aug 20

How have you been using your time during the lockdown? 

Well, this virus has given most of us plenty of time to ponder!

Do you remember the song, sung by Gene Pitney, ‘If we only had time’? 

So much to do If I only had time, if I only had time
Dreams to pursue - If I only had time, they'd be mine

Time, like the wind goes hurrying by, and the hours just fly
Where to begin? There are mountains I'd climb if I had time

Since I met you, I've thought, Life really is too short
Loving you so, many things we could make true
A whole century isn't enough to satisfy me

Hm hm hm...
If I only had time, only time

There are a number of things we can do with time, such as: 

We can find time – to do the things we haven’t had time to do before, like painting the house

We lose time – whiling away a sunny afternoon in the garden or park, or keeping busy with a hobby

We can waste time – too bored to do anything or too lazy to be bothered

We can make time – prioritising those important things such as phoning others or completing unfinished tasks 

However, the Bible tells us that, ‘There is a time for every activity under heaven’:

 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,    

 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance     and so on ……….. 

But above all the control we seek to exert over time, ultimately – Our times are in God’s hands.

Our churches will be open from the beginning of August – How much time in your life will you have given to worshipping God?  Another aspect of life to ponder in this lockdown! 

Continue to be safe and wishing you continued peace and blessing, 

Rev John

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Rev. John Langlands

 Rev. John Langanlds 

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!

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