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Rector's Ramblings  -  Missed Opportunities

The WW1 centenary commemorations have really caught people's imaginations this year.  At the local school that my daughters attend, they performed a play called 'Letter to the Trenches'.  A very moving story which was brilliantly portrayed by the children and there was barely a dry eye in the house as they sang the final song. One very moving scene was when the German and British soldiers were all singing "Silent Night" in their respective languages before having a game of football.

The marketing people at a well known supermarket have jumped on the WW1 bandwagon by producing a 3 minute advert which uses that famous story of the Christmas Day football match on 'no-man's land' to sell chocolate!  OK - half the proceeds are going to the Royal British Legion - but it has certainly raised their profile as a company.

Some historians have raised the question as to whether the Christmas day truce (unofficial as it was) was a missed opportunity to end the war.  Those in the trenches who bravely emerged in order to greet their fellow human beings, recognised in each other the potential for peace and the value of human life.  Unfortunately those few hours of peace and shared fellowship over a football were short lived - and the continuing war brought scenes of utter devastation.

The message of Christmas - God becoming human like us, being born as a baby (just like all of us were) - is a message of peace.  Through Jesus, we are offered peace with God, and peace with one another.  One of Jesus' titles is the Prince of Peace.  Jesus also said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God".

There may be many situations around us where peace is needed: at home, at work, in our communities, even in our churches!  As we celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace, let's not be satisfied with a game of footy, or a retro looking bar of chocolate but may we be bringers of peace and good news - for that is what Christmas is really all about.

May the love, joy and peace that the Saviour brings, be yours this Christmas.

Rev Phil Michell

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Future Events

Mon Feb 26 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Feb 27 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Feb 28 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Mothers' Union Meeting
Mon Mar 05 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Mar 06 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Mar 07 @ 1:15PM - 01:45PM
Funeral of Raymond Denning
Fri Mar 09 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
Quiz night
Mon Mar 12 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Mon Mar 12 @ 7:15PM - 09:00PM
Deanery Synod - making your buildings work - loos and shops
Tue Mar 13 @ 1:00PM - 01:30PM
Memorial Service for Richard Edminson
Tue Mar 13 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Mar 14 @10:15AM - 11:15AM
Hulland Home Communion
Wed Mar 14 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
Funeral of Flora Dawkins
Wed Mar 14 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Atlow APCM
Thu Mar 15 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Messy Church meeting
Sat Mar 17 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Hognaston Church Coffee Morning
Sat Mar 17 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Hulland Spring Fair
Mon Mar 19 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Mar 20 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Hulland School Easter Service at Church
Tue Mar 20 @12:00PM - 12:30PM
Mid Day Med