• The Churn Benefice

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    All through the pandemic the Church continues to be alive and active.

     

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    Revds Jason & Louise by telephone and email
    and Elaine on the office email and/or mobile number.

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  • Daily Message

    Rector’s Daily Reflections Tuesday 27th July 2021

    Thought for Today

    This week we’re looking at what the Bible might have to teach us about seeking peace in our lives. Today I’m going to look at a short psalm, psalm 120, which raises three challenging questions.

    To begin with, would we say that are men or women of peace? Do we seekout peace? The author of the psalm proclaims confidently : “I am for peace”. Could we make the same proclamation? It might be that we are too hurt or too angry to be feel able to be men or women of peace. If this is so, it is good to face the reality of our feelings, and think how we might deal with our anger and how we might seek healing for our pain.

    And how do our feelings relate to the feelings of those around us? The author of the psalm felt that they were in an impossible situation : they were for peace, but those around them were for war. I wonder if you have ever found yourself in a situation where you felt you were the sole voice for peace and calm? It can be hard to speak words of peace when everyone around you is pushing for a more aggressive course of action.

    The author of the psalm felt that that had their “dwelling among those hate peace”.

    It would have been quite understandable if , in the circumstances, the psalmist decided that they would simply give up on their search for peace. But they did n’t. They asked for God’s help, and God answered their prayer. Being a peace maker is never an easy vocation. But I wonder if we make it even harder than it need be, by not praying to God for his wisdom and his strength?
    So if we are searching for peace in our own lives and in our communities, I wonder how we would answer these 3 questions raised by the author of Psalm 120 : can we say that we are truly men or women of peace? Do we have the strength of our own convictions, or are we allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed by the voices of those around us? Are we trying to do everything in our strength, or do we ask God for the wisdom and courage which we need?

    Prayer for Today

    Lord, it’s not easy to be peacemakers; help us, inspire us, and encourage us; and forgive us our mistakes. Amen.

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  • Safeguarding in the Churn Benefice
    The Churn Benefice is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children and people of all ages in our church communities.
    In the first instance questions relating to Safeguarding concerns and support should be addressed to the Rector : The Revd Jason St. John Nicolle, The Benefice Centre, Church End, Blewbury, OX11 9QH, 01235 850267, office@churnchurches.co.uk

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