Vicar’s Letter February 2018

Valentine’s Day (14th February) this year coincides with Ash Wednesday!  And what a combination: both about love!

People express love in all kinds of ways: chocolates and flowers, physical affection, undivided attention, acts of service and kindness are just some of the ways.  God shows His love for us by sending His Son Jesus.

And in His life on earth Jesus demonstrated love in every possible way: giving Himself in acts of service; patiently listening to those who needed to get something off their chests; making a point of treating EVERYBODY the same (whatever their background) and ultimately giving up His own freedom to challenge the injustice of His day.

Ash Wednesday is an invitation to take a look at Jesus’ life again: What made Him special?  Why did He cause such a stir then and still such a stir now?  What was it about His life and attitudes that we can still learn from today?

They say that love is the answer to all the world’s problems.  So what does that love look like?  Well, may I invite you to take a fresh look at Jesus’ life and sense how revitalising and energizing His love was (and is!).

I’m not sure that you could say that Jesus was a romantic – but he did demonstrate tenacious love and life-giving TLC.  So, how about picking up a Luke’s Gospel — free of charge from Church and available in magazine format to help you engage with The King of Love?

Peter Chantry

About Stephen

Lay Chair of All Saints' Church Council and Treasurer. Retired Head of University Secretariat at Keele, Secretary of North Staffs Classical Association, Secretary of North Shropshire CLP, former Woore Parish Councillor, & now Vice-Chairman of Woore Neighbourhood Plan Team.
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