Vicar's Bit February 2019

The Peace of God… Vicar’s bit: Revd John Longuet-Higgins

At the heart of every blessing is the peace of God. “The peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the love of God, and the blessing…”. At the heart of every Communion is the Peace of Christ. The risen Lord says to us “my peace I give to you, my I leave with you”. At the heart of every baptism the Holy Spirit, the dove of peace, hovers as God says “this is my child on whom my favour rests”.


A child when asked, “why is peace a value you like?” said in reply, “it is one of the most important values because you need peace to not be mean and shout at people…” and “it helps you calm down”.


The peace of God is not simply God’s gift of forgiveness, and let’s face it underserved forgiveness, the very act of God’s forgiveness calms us down; our hatreds and our angers fall away, and we are able to love our neighbour whoever they are.


In today’s divisive world, and today’s divisive nation, the cross of Christ is God’s gift of the peace. By the cross we are reconciled to God, by the cross our emotional bitterness and inner ugliness is cleansed and healed. We find God’s quieter place deep within.


On Sunday February 3rd at 3pm at Hasfield Church we are holding a service of “Christ in the Quiet”. A school child said, “if you are angry you can calm down with a candle”. Christ is a light in a divisive world; Christ also calms the storm raging storm, “Christ in the Quiet”. On February 3rd the church will be full of candles and prayer and reflective music on the feast of Candlemas.


Join us at “Christ in the Quiet” to focus on Christ’s peace and to pray for the peace of our disturbed nation. You might feel calmer, kinder, and more willing to shake the hand of the next person you meet, “Peace be with you”.


A further note:

Next month on Ash Wednesday 6th March there will be a Quiet Morning from 10am till 1pm at Hartpury Methodist Chapel, led by Revd Jayne Webb.


The Lent Course “Shapes for Living” begins on Monday 11th March 3pm at the Rectory (more details in next month’s magazine). Participants are invited to consider how they may bring their lives more into balance, keeping their relationship with God at the centre.


Events for families in February

Saturday 2nd

3.30-5pm Messy Church at Hartpury School


Sunday 10th

11am Maisemore Church Valentine’s Service for Wedding Couples

3pm Woodies Ashleworth Family Praise


Sunday 17th

9.30am Hartpury Church Little Church for youngsters and parents/grandparents


Sunday 24th

7pm Lawn Farm GL19 3NX Encounter contemporary praise with longer bible reflection (for adults)


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