Vicar's Letter


The Vicar's Letter

My dear friends,

It has been quite an amazing Lent as we have enjoyed two quite different but exciting Lent courses at St. Andrew's and in addition performed the play 'Forgiven at the Cross' written and directed by Sarah Cushing. When we designed the lighting for the church some years ago it was  decided that theatre lights should be installed. My son-in-law Matthew, a qualified electrician and stage manager, put them in with my help and it has been  gratifying to see the space used for plays, recitals and musical concerts since then. Using drama to communicate a spiritual message like the power of the cross of Christ is surely the way to go in the future.  It is so important to try new things in the church and to give support to the creative people God has blessed us with. We also intend to install a projector and screen so that visual images and film might be used during services. The PCC has given the scheme full backing and we await the necessary permission to proceed but the work should be completed during this year. All of this fits well with the theme of Easter where we celebrate the bursting out of the tomb of Jesus and the triumph of light over darkness, hope over despair and life over death. I love Easter Day, especially the Dawn Eucharist followed by a cooked breakfast, but in fact every Sunday of the year should be celebrated as a 'mini Easter'. I recognise that occasionally some Sundays are going to be sadder than others and that the tone of the liturgy or the hymnody or the sermon  is thus more solemn. But the default setting for most Sundays of the Christian Year is rightly celebratory. We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song – and so let's keep the power of God to raise us up ever before us. The Exsultet, sung at the beginning of the Easter Day Liturgy, reminds us that darkness does not have the last word :

          Therefore, heavenly Father, in the joy of this night,

          accept our sacrifice of praise,   your Church's solemn offering;

          and grant that this Easter candle may make our darkness light;

          for Christ the Morning Star has risen,   never again to set,

          and is alive and reigns for ever and ever.

In recent years I have sung the Exsultet with Bob Wright and I try not to put him off too much ! The numbers attending have been around 40 on average and so I can only suppose that the clientele remain happy but I would like to place on record my personal thanks to Bob. He turns out faithfully to sing not only for this service but just about every evening service during the year – a great example of commitment to us all. If you have never participated in the early service (at 5.30 a.m.) on Easter Day let me encourage you to try it and to sign up for the excellent breakfast afterwards.


On April 22nd we will hold our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) where a review of last year's activities is presented and Churchwardens appointed for the next twelve months. This will take place around 11.30 a.m. and I hope many will make a special effort to be present. The swearing in will take place at St. Andrew's on May 16th in the evening and the new Wardens will be very glad of your support on that occasion.


Have a truly happy and blessed Easter !













Vicar James Warren
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