From the Rectory - May 2018

Dear Friends If I say the word ‘Holocaust’ you know exactly what I’m talking about – and you should! It originally meant a sacrifice or offering that was completely burnt. But it’s come to mean slaughter on a massive scale – hence, ‘nuclear holocaust’ – and, in particular, the Nazi regime’s murder of millions of Jews. But I wonder if you know the word ‘Nakba’. It’s Arabic for disaster or catastrophe, but has come to describe the events of 1948 when many Palestinians were displaced from their homes, lands and livelihoods by the creation of the state of Israel. Nakba Day is 15 May and this year marks the 70th anniversary of these events. Victory for one people was catastrophe for another.

Thy Kingdom Come: 10 - 20 May

‘I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.’ (Archbishop Justin Welby) Thy Kingdom Come is a global wave of prayer from 10 May (Ascension Day) – 20 May (Day of Pentecost). It’s now in its third year and has spread to many denominations across the world! This year it also co-incides with Christian Aid Week! Over this period we are offering various opportunities to pray in church either in silence or with other people. You are really welcome to come along. We also have Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Journals available in church and would love to give you one for your own personal prayers. Thursday 10 May – Ascension Day

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