Rector’s News June 2024

 

Lewis and Catherine

What a wonderful day the 20th of April was! It was both a joy and a delight to witness Lewis and Catherine making their wedding vows to each other and to be present in Holy Cross to support them on their wedding day. Thank you to everyone from the church family for helping to make their wedding day an incredibly special occasion. As the gospel was read at the service (John 2: 1-11) I was reminded that some things are timeless because the wedding at Cana was very much a community event and Lewis and Catherine’s wedding gathered the local community. We wish them many happy years of married life.

Lewis has now been ‘signed off’ his curacy. In effect, what this means is that Bishop Jackie and The Revd Preb Kim Mathers (Director of curate training) are satisfied that he has done all that is required of him before he assumes an incumbent’s role. This means that Lewis is now free to discern where God might be calling him to serve as an incumbent. Please pray for him and for Catherine as they prayerfully and carefully consider what the next step in ministry might be.

Some Saints in June

The month of June sees the Church celebrating some major saints’ days. There is our very own St Boniface who we celebrate on June the 5th.

Boniface has had an enormous impact on English and European history, far beyond the simple conversion of people to Christianity. His guidance of the early church in Germany, his establishment of structures, were massively important, and the educational and literary influence from his monasteries and churches was significant. He is described as the Apostle of Germany and is revered in Holland as well.

Eminent historians have described Boniface as “the Englishman who has had a great influence on the history of Europe.,” but in England he is not greatly known about. We shall, as always, remember him on the 5th of June here in Crediton.

St Barnabas appears in our calendar on the 11th of June. Barnabas appears in the New Testament in the Acts of the Apostles, a history of the early Christian church. He also appears in several of Paul's epistles.

Barnabas, a native of Cyprus and a Levite, is first mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as a member of the early Christian community in Jerusalem, who sold the land that he owned and gave the proceeds to the community.

Named an apostle in Acts 14:14, Barnabas and Paul the Apostle undertook missionary journeys together and successfully evangelized among the Gentiles. Although the date, place, and circumstances of his death are historically unverifiable, Christian tradition holds that Barnabas was martyred at Salamis, Cyprus. He is traditionally identified as the founder of the Cypriot Orthodox Church.

Later in the month we remember St Peter and St Paul on the 29th of June. We give thanks for their lives and their witness to Christ. Peter and Paul have much to teach us, not least that God's grace is sufficient for us, for his power is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor 12.9). Let us hope, then, that there will be given to us, as was given to Peter and Paul, the courage and the patience to rest within the creative hands of God. For it is only by dying to our old selves, and rising to new life, that we can be led towards the perfection of our heavenly Father.

And so, we give thanks for the life and witness of the saints who inspire us to live lives of holiness... lives which point towards Christ in all that we say, think, and do.

 

Your friend and Rector

Matthew Tregenza