Latest Rector’s Letter

Put down the microscope.

At some point we have to turn our eyes away from the latest news story. Not out of callousness; not because the latest human tragedy or act of violence does not matter – but because of what we might miss if we do not stop and look beyond them.
Technology has vastly increased our ability to view the world’s unfolding events, but it has made us strangely myopic. The most recent political melodrama is dissected and the latest horrific news event is replayed from different angles. We watch more ‘news’, but often comprehend less of what is happening in our world.
At some point we need to put down the microscope and pick up the telescope. We need to turn from staring at the dust to gazing at the heavens. Not because it provides escape from our problems but because it provides solutions.
The Prayer Book collect for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity is one of my favourites. It will be read this month at the 8.00 am and 6.30 pm services on 9th July.
O GOD, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass hrough things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal: Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake our Lord.
If we want ‘things temporal’ sorting, we need to set our sights on ‘things eternal’.

Jeff Cuttell.