Milborne Port churches

Letter from the Rectory

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Below is a list of letters from the rectory published in each copy of the Milborne Port Magazine.  Just click on any title in the list below to see a summary and a link to the full letter.

Letter from the Rectory May 2024

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A few creative folk have been talking to an artist who is also a priest in the Bath and Wells Diocese about a creative project. The idea is to use themes and stories from Milborne Port and its residents, and to display these creatively in the Church. 

A Letter from Rev Rona April 2024

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As gardens and allotments awake in Springtime, I wanted to turn our thoughts to the humble trellis. Why? Well, Richard Carter in his excellent book Letters from Nazareth, a Contemplative Journey Home explains the spirit of prayer using the image of a trellis. I highly recommend this book, which is a beautiful collection of letters written about all aspects of Richard’s life of faith. 

Letter from Rev Rona March 2024

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The month of March begins with St David’s Day, deep into Lent, and it ends on the glorious Easter Sunday, 31st March. In the middle, Mothering Sunday, Holy Week, and the schools beginning their Easter Holidays. What a lot in one month; it reminds me of the Crowded House single – ‘Four seasons in one day’. Just as with the month of March, so those reading this may be in very different places. 

Letter from the Rectory February 2024

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And now for something completely different…

Lent 2024: Reading the Psalms using The Message Translation

The Psalms have, for millennia, formed the bedrock of liturgy. They are full of wisdom for life, inspiration, cries of anguish, joy, and they display an ongoing, real relationship with our loving Creator. 

For millennia, monks and nuns, cathedrals and other faithful people have recited the Psalms every day. Cathedrals will still say or sing all 150 Psalms every month. Years ago, some of the monasteries said all 150 each DAY! 

A Letter from Canon Brian January 2024

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The singing of Christmas Carols this Christmas was for me both comforting and disturbing. Those of us who have been embedded in the faith from the time of our baptism until Christmas 2023 are deeply moved and comforted when we sing the words “Yea, Lord we greet thee born this happy morning.” However the words “Peace on earth” sung against the background noise of the wars in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza, these  wars in the land of Jesus, the Holy Land, unsettled me.

Letter from Rev Frank December 2023

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The world has opened up to me. Yesterday I was fitted with two hearing aids which I am getting used to. When my ear itches I go to scratch it but find that it is full of plastic. I have discovered that the clock ticks, that scratching my head makes a row, that I can no longer pretend not to hear my wife asking me to do something. I can proudly answer the real question and not the one I think I heard.

Letter from the Rectory November 2023

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A visiting friend recently commented on how friendly this community is. It can be nice to be reminded of that, particularly when we are so used to living in a place.

Letter from the Rectory October 2023

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October is a month which is bookended with giving thanks. We begin the month giving thanks for the Harvest, and Creation, and we end the month giving thanks for those we have loved who have died.

September 2023 Letter from Rev Rona

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As I write this the world is burning. Unbelievably high temperatures, lists of countries battling wildfires, animals on land, in the air and in the sea dying.

Letter from the Rectory August 2023

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At the July Deanery Synod meeting we were treated to a delightful talk by the Rev Helen Drever on Art in Churches. She took us through the history of God the Creator giving us creativity, and human beings displaying their response to God through art in Churches and as a part of worship since time began.

From The Rectory July 2023

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On July 10th, 1973, I was dressed in the red PE kit of my house colours: my school’s houses were named after Caribbean tribes: Lucayan (red), Carib (blue), Taino (yellow) and Arawak (green).