WARKWORTH UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
URC

MINISTER'S MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

PERMISSION TO LAMENT

Lament has been on my mind quite a bit lately and November is
traditionally a time of lament. It begins with All Saints, then to
Remembrance Day and ends with Christ the King Sunday – the
last Sunday of the Christian year. But November is also the
month we notice the darkness after changing the clocks and the
cold and wet weather sets in, the leaves fall rapidly from the
trees. We lament the passing of time, of summer, of people.
We feel it in our spirits.

And yet it seems we don’t really allow ourselves the chance to
truly lament anymore, not as the church and not as a society.
We are very good at saying people should lament (grieve), but
we also feel that they should move on, “get on with it”, stiff
upper lip and all that, pretty quickly. We also want to forgive
quickly, thinking that is the Christian thing to do – and it is – but
that means we haven’t processed the feelings of hurt or anger
that may be with us. Perhaps we’re not good at lament
because lament makes us feel uncomfortable. We don’t know
what to do with it. In many traditions lamenting loss is central.
In Judaism when a person dies the family gathers and friends
come and console them. They grow closer for sharing the
lament. They did not need permission to do so, they did not
need to feel embarrassed at their emotions, they did not have
to ask forgiveness for their anger at others and at God in those
moments.

I think we need more lament in our lives, but going with that is
the understanding that others will console us in our lament and that our lament will lead to moving forward in action and in
peace.

Joan

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Minister and Officers
Minister Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn
Church Correspondence and
Synod Representative
M. Gibson
Worship Secretary H. Peacock
Readers Rota and Fabric J. Archibald
Hall Bookings and Flowers K. Macfarlane
Christian Aid Representatives TBC
Treasurer S. Black  
Organists D. Davison and
P. Toward


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Services and Meetings

Most Sundays
Service in Warkworth Church
10.30 a.m.


Please check the "Dates for your Diary" page for more information.


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Flower Rota

 

Date
Name
6th Oct 2019 Ms H. Peacock
13th Oct 2019 Harvest - Mrs Darling
20th Oct 2019 Mrs Darling
27th Oct 2019 Mrs W. J. Dodd
3rd Nov 2019 Mrs S. Gibson
   
   

Do remember that our flowers continue to give pleasure to others after they are taken from the Communion Table. We receive most appreciative messages from those who are enjoying the flowers and appreciate being remembered.

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Dates for your diary
by
Date
Subject
Time
Oct. 6th 2019 Service led by Rev. John Durell 10:30
Oct. 13th 2019 Harvest Festival
led by Rev. B. Hutchinson
10:30
Oct. 20th 2019 Service led by Rev. G. Thompson 10:30
Oct. 27th 2019 Service led by
Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn
followed by Church Meeting
10:30
Nov. 3rd 2019 Service led by Rev. S. Wilson 10:30
     
     
     
     
   

THE VALUE OF OLD AGE

Remember – old folks are worth a fortune – with silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys and gas in their stomachs.

I have become a little older since I saw you last and changes have come into my life. I am quite a frivolous old girl!!! I am seeing five gentlemen each day.

As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me get out of bed and then I go to see John. Next, it’s time for Mr Quaker who gives me my oats. They leave and Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He doesn’t stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint. After such a busy day I am ready for bed with Johnny Walker.

What a life – and oh yes – I am flirting with Al Zymer. The vicar came the other day and said that at my age I should be thinking about the hereafter.  I told him, “Oh I do. No matter where I am, if I am in the kitchen or upstairs or in the basement, I ask myself – ‘Now what am I here after?’”

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Revd J. Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv.