Rev John's December Jottings

28 Dec 20

 A Different Christmas 

Due to Covid19, Christmas will be different than any we have had before 

This year, there may well be more focus on relationships that matter and less on the material quest for spending, which can so easily dominate the reason for the season. 

More than ever, how many have been searching for ‘Peace, good news and goodwill to all people on earth’, which is all about the real meaning of Christmas. 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.

One of the many popular Christmas carols is ‘Silent Night’: 

Silent night, holy night!

All is calm, all is bright

'Round yon virgin mother and child,

Holy Infant so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace,

Sleep in heavenly peace. 

As we make rather limited 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 might just find ourselves on the paths of calm, light, love, joy and peace. We might just hear that ‘Still small voice of God’ amidst the turmoil and uncertainty of Covid-19. 

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

Rev John

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Rev. John Langlands

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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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