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Pastoral Letter - September 2016

  • Last Updated: Sunday, 04 September 2016 11:04
  • Written by All Saints Admin
  • 04 Sep

Dear Friends,

During the summer break on a trip to Worcester, we visited the cathedral (you might want to call that a busman’s holiday). A choir were practicing and it sounded lovely, as did the sense of space. As I looked around the cathedral and in particular the sculptures, I was slightly disturbed as I looked at all these marvellous monuments to Bishops, Lords, ladies and sirs. Why did that disturb me?

Only seven days beforehand we were in another church in Malta and the sculpture and artwork were not monuments, but representations of Saints, Jesus or accounts on the life of Jesus. I remember looking at part of the stone column where Paul had rested his head before it was cut off! The art was not that cool, slightly detached English style, it was passionate, visceral and very much over the top. However, unlike the monuments in Worcester Cathedral, these were monuments that connected you to the reality of the Divine. I have to confess that I found the imagery in that Maltese church unappealing and alien, but I could sense the devotion and faith behind them.

At the start of his letter to the Colossian church Paul describes Jesus as “the image of the invisible God”. We can know what God is like by looking at Jesus, it is Jesus who connects us to the divine. What is unknown and unseen is now visible. This is no monument, but like the Maltese artwork, Jesus is passionate, visceral and over the top!

There is the story of a missionary who amongst many things taught the African village he was serving in, how to tell the time using the Sun. Before he left he built a Sundial for them. The village elders gathered in order to honour and remember the missionary they would make a monument to him. So they built a hut around the sundial!

So what do we do with Jesus, the image of God? Do we turn him into a monument, shrouding him the beauty of art and music? Or do we allow him to live and love by our devotion and service?

Ray Khan

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Christian Aid Week: Thank You!

  • Last Updated: Sunday, 04 September 2016 11:05
  • Written by All Saints Admin
  • 04 Sep

All Saints has a group of dedicated Christian Aid collectors who year after year trudge round the streets, delivering and collecting envelopes, come sun, wind or downpours of rain. We are committed to improving the circumstances of some of the poorest people in the Third World. This year, we were inspired by the plight of Morsheda and her family, trying to survive on the frequently flooded islands in the River in Bangladesh. The aim was to provide funds and materials so that her house, and others like it, could be raised onto higher ground. Then seeds, worms, cattle and chickens would be provided so that these families could provide food for themselves and also have some things to sell to make money for necessities.

Our efforts were not in vain. Many kind and generous people responded to our door knocking and we collected £2,152. Many people also took the time to fill in the Gift Aid slips and this brought our total to £2,419.34.

It takes courage to knock on doors. Our oldest collectors were in their eighties and nineties and the walking was often hard work for them. For those of us who have been doing it for several years, it is a joy to meet these kind people each year and to realise that some have saved money throughout the year to fill their envelopes (or carrier bags in some cases)!

My deepest gratitude to all concerned.

Rosemary Sumner, C.A. Organiser for Bromsgrove.

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