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A MARCH LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
NEW WINE, OLD WINESKINS
One of the pressures many of us live with today is the pressure to
adapt and to change, especially in the face of new technology. Many of
the training events I've signed up for lately have been about rising to
this very challenge. Those who attended our Benefice Morning last month
were reminded of the different worlds of communication and media in
which our shifting generations live. The different age groups born in
the last seventy years or more see the world very differently from one
another, and the pace of that change seems to be increasing. So this
Lent, this season of forty days leading up to Easter, the themes we're
pursuing in our three parishes are about building bridges between what
is precious from the past and what is relevant for the present and the
Lent Talks this year (at Mathon Parish Hall on Tuesday evenings) are
clustered loosely under the theme of 'engaging with today's world.' The
talk in February was a view on spiritual matters from a cutting-edge
particle physicist; the one on March 6 is about the power and
potential of computer technology both for good and for evil: the one on
March 13 is about the capture and potrayal of the natural world by film
and documentary makers, with a warning attached about the future
survival of species.
Lent lunches, the simple bread, soup and cheese luches offered each
Wednesday in a different venue in our three villages, invite us to make
donations which this year will go to help provide school transport for
young children in our linked region of Mtwara in Tanazania, and also to
help support some of those farmers in this and nearby counties who find
themselves in particularly difficult times, through the Farming
Community Network, which works alongside the Borderlink Chaplaincy.
Details of those lunches are given elsewhere in this newsletter.
Then as we approach Holy Week at the end of March, and Easter Day on
April 1, we invite you to engage again with some very ancient wisdom
and rhythms and practices indeed, as we again walk with Jesus in the
way of the cross, and find through it the path of life: new life, Risen
Life, Resurrection Life, on Easter Morning.
Jesus had something to say in St. Matthew's Gospel, Chapter 9,
about 'putting new wine into old wine-skins', about the danger that the
skins would burst and both wine and skins be lost. Maybe that's why
building bridges between the old and the new can seem so challenging.
But I have a hunch that the image of Christ on the cross speaks of
something very similar- seeking to bring in a new world, new hope, new
destinies, sometimes in the very teeth of the old... and invite you to
come along with us to help in the endeavour!