Revd Richard Reade
Firstly, I want to thank all who sent cards, messages and presents, and who came along to my silver jubilee celebration − it was a wonderful and humbling experience. Strangest of all was the feeling of stepping out to start the service and being faced by the spread of my life, from family, school friends, through friends from Polytechnic days, from training for ministry and then from different parishes where I´ve been privileged to serve. It was a very special occasion and it was great to welcome so many to celebrate with me. As for the array of food, it was an impressive sight (and very tasty!).
If that weren´t celebration enough, then the following weekend was very special with a very moving service at Derby Cathedral and the ordination as deacon of our new curate, Anne. Then in our sister church of Tansley there´s been the welcome to Anne and then the big ´Hobbies and Flowers´ event with cream teas and a silver band.
Is it any wonder that after the usual round of school services at the end of term, that it comes as a huge sigh of relief to come to August with the promise of holidays and time to catch breath and relax. I hope that you all manage some time to recharge the battery and to take stock and give thanks for all God´s loving providential care in our lives.
There is a certain natural rhythm to life that calls for times of rest and recuperation − in Biblical terms we think of the Sabbath, which is the culmination of the Genesis creation story. In the Gospels we find reference to Jesus taking time out to rest, to pray and to rejoice in the good things around Him. We too need these times when life is taken at a slower pace − all too quickly there will be the return to the rush of a Priesting, Harvest services, Remembrance, and so on and so forth.
Jesus says, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) and the prophet Isaiah shares these words, "The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless...those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength ..... they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:28ff)
Enjoy your summer break and I hope that you will feel renewed and refreshed