Saturday September 29th 3.00pm John Saxon's ordination at St Mary's Saffron Walden
Sunday September 30th 11.00am Joint Service at Wimbish John Saxon will preside
Sunday October 7th 11.00am Harvest Festival followed by lunch
Rev John Saxon
John will be ordained to the priesthood during a service on 29th September at 3pm in St Mary’s Saffron Walden. After this he will be able to take all services, including Eucharist, and perform all the vicar’s duties including weddings, baptisms and funerals. John and Dawn have been great assets to our church since they arrived and we are delighted for them. Sunday 30th September will be the first service where John will lead communion, a wonderful occasion.
We will be having a joint service at Wimbish at 11.00am followed by lunch to celebrate with John. We would also like to give John a gift from the parishes in recognition of this special day. If you would like to make a donation to the gift and/or stay for lunch please contact Tracey Thurgood-Buss (01799 523358 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Harvest festival is a really special time in a rural community such as ours. We will be celebrating with a Harvest service on October 7th at 11.00am followed by lunch. If you would like to stay to lunch please contact Tracey Thurgood-Buss (01799 523358 / email@example.com)
Should you wish to visit the church for contemplation or to have a look around please contact Tracey Thurgood Buss (01799 523358) who will arrange for the church to be opened .
The September letter from John Saxon
Reliability and dependability are topical words these days. The sunshine has been pretty reliable in our part of the country this summer, (with one exception – Sunday, 29July, the day we planned a BBQ for a family gathering). Generally speaking, products are perhaps more reliable than they use to be. Cars for instance, with their computerised management systems seem much more reliable than my first cars as a young adult, quite a few years ago now!
Reliability and dependability when it comes to accessing services is perhaps much more questionable. I recently discovered this when trying to complete a purchase for tickets online. I carefully completed the pages of information requested, refining my choices and extras before submitting my payment details, only to be told the tickets I wanted were no longer available at the original price and I would have to reapply for the same tickets at a new higher price!
When I reflect on this, I realise other things are not always what I am told they are too. Diesel cars are not as good for the environment, even if they are more efficient than petrol engines and plastics I submit for recycling, are not always recycled but put in land fill sites. Wouldn’t it be good, to coin the phrase of a popular advert, if everything does exactly as it says ‘on the tin’.
As Christians, we are not exempt from trials and tribulations in everyday life and can feel as frustrated and annoyed as everyone else. But along with the Psalmist, we can say ‘God is our rock’ (Psalm 18 verse 2) and know him to be dependable and reliable. Exodus, the second book of the bible, is all about the people of Israel being led out of Egypt from slavery under the Pharoah. At points of the journey God helped them with water, food and victory in their battles. More than 40 years later, Moses the Israelite leader, looked back and said in his song of praise, recorded for us in Deuteronomy 32, verses 3&4, ‘Ascribe greatness to our God - the rock, his work is perfect and his ways are just.’ We are often let down by others and equally let others and ourselves down – not doing what we ought to or have promised to. But God is our rock, and in the end our trust in him is always secure, even when the world around us tests us in all sorts of ways.
Whether we have new starts in September or just a return to the same routines, we have, and always will have, the reliability and dependability of God with us, no matter what happens. The challenge is to turn to God, through Jesus his son, and to put all our hopes and fears on him. Are you ready and willing to trust in God, our rock? Here’s to the future, with God!
Revd John Saxon
God covers the sky with clouds. He supplies the earth with rain and makes the grass grow. Psalm 14.
What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. William Henry Davies
The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. Psalm 67.6