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Thought for the MonthReverend Chris Judson

Join me each month as I ponder life with all the highs and lows we encounter along the way.

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God bless you,

Rev Chris

Rector for The Huntspills & Mark

July 2022 “Dare to Dream”

What an amazing Platinum Jubilee we all had!  A huge thank you to everyone who made the local events such a success.  Even the weather was better than I dared to hope it might be.  Spending time together was a real joy and it was splendid that so many people attended the events in their own villages.  Catching up with the National celebrations, after the event, I found myself wondering where all the ideas came from, who dared to dream them up and to then make them become reality.  From the intricate parades to the extraordinary pagaent contributions….and of course, Paddington….. such creativity and courage is inspirational.

I wonder where your dreams lie?  We are often encouraged to dream ‘big’ – have you done so?  And have you then followed that dream forward?  Sometimes being a dreamer is seen as being rather disconnected with the real world, impractical and unlikely, but as we are reminded in Happy Talk, from South Pacific, ‘If you don’t have a dream, how you going to have a dream come true?’.

 ‘To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe, to bear with unbearable sorrow, to run where the brave dare not go…….’  So begins ‘The Quest’, a popular song by Leigh and Darion.  It was a favourite of both Ted Kennedy and his brother Robert, who saw it as meaning that no matter the outcome, it’s worth making the effort. It was also a favourite of Evelio Javier, the assassinated governor of the province of Antique in the Philippines, and the song has become a symbol of his sacrifice for democracy and the song’s lyrics are written in brass on a monument in the plaza where he was shot.  Every year, Javier is remembered on Evelio Javier Day and the song is featured. No matter how short his life – its value was immense.

Taking time to dream, and daring to dream beyond the easily achievable, is an essential element of meaningful progress.  As we face all manner of difficulties in our world, near at hand and far away, we must not let our dreams be diminished, we must not give up and stop striving for the things we know to be true – no matter how hard, how unlikely, how challenging it may seem.  Many years ago a poor carpenter’s son dreamed big – and although in worldly terms he failed, ending up deserted, persecuted and nailed to a tree, his dream lives on, as indeed does he!

This Summer, let’s take time to dream – dare to dream new dreams, bravely rekindle older dreams…..and prayerfully step forwards into the future that is ours to shape! 

God bless you,         

Rev Chris  (Rector for The Huntspills & Mark)   

June 2022 “Are you being served?”

When visiting a friend in Australia, to my amazement I found myself shopping in a department store called ‘Grace Brothers’. It was all that I could do to refrain from  looking for Captain Peacock by the lift and singing the theme song (about what was available on each floor) that once opened every programme in the now rather dated comedy series  ‘Are you being served?’.

I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘service’ over the last few weeks.  The Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is a celebration of the service that she has given in this role:  70 years of faithful service – an incredible achievement.  It has been the words that she shared five years before she became queen, on her twenty first birthday, in her speech to the Commonwealth, that have stayed with me:  “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”  What an amazing commitment to make at such a young age, and to have stuck to through all the challenges that the years have delivered.  In her Coronation Day speech, our Queen said: ‘I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.’  That basis in relationship, and commitment to the wellbeing of others ahead of ourselves is, I believe, at the heart of all true service.

As we approached Easter, ahead of Jesus’ ultimate act of service for us all, we also remembered him kneeling to wash his disciples’ feet –  an act of humble service, showing them how they should treat others.  Amidst the appalling atrocities that we have witnessed in Ukraine, there have been many heartening acts of service by people across the world.  Our prayers and thoughts remain with everyone affected by the Russian invasion.  Through it all, it seems to me that President Volodymyr Zelensky has been inspirational – from acts of deep courage to taking time to answer the letter of a 12 year old English school boy.  He has given us an example of true and active service.

On 5th June we will be honouring our Queen in a special Platinum Jubilee Church Service in each of our village churches.  This day is also the festival of Pentecost, the birthday of the church.  As our churches seek to grow in serving God and their communities this seems a very fitting coincidence. Please do come and be part of this special celebration. 

Wishing you a very happy and enjoyable Platinum Jubilee Weekend, that then sets the tone for the month ahead.

God bless you,                                                                                                                          

Rev Chris    (Rector for The Huntspills & Mark)