Rector’s News June 2021

 

June 5th

June the 5th is of course, St Boniface Day and there will be the customary prayers at the statue of St Boniface in Newcombe’s Meadow at 1pm.  Following this, from 2pm onwards, it is really good that we’ll be able to have a variety of activities at Holy Cross to celebrate this special day.  Devon cream teas will also be on offer… go on give in to temptation just this once!

Lewis Eden

There is much excitement as we prepare to welcome our new assistant curate, Lewis Eden, this month.  Lewis hopes to arrive on June 5th and when I reminded him that it was also St Boniface Day, he was delighted with his sense of timing!  Lewis will be licensed as a lay worker by Bishop Robert at the end of June and this will give him the opportunity to learn something about the life of the Mission Community prior to his ordination as deacon on 11th September at 3pm in the cathedral.  I’m very much hoping that many of us will be able to be present at that service, restrictions permitting of course.

It is very exciting and a great privilege for us to be able to contribute in this way to the formation of a new generation of clergy.  I am especially looking forward to working with Lewis as a colleague, and as learning is a two-way process, I am sure that we shall learn from him too, and that he will contribute new insights to the life of the Mission Community.

On Lewis’s behalf I’d like to thank those who have donated furniture and those who have kept the garden of the curate’s house at Beech Park looking tidy.  Also, thank you to those who have donated to Lewis’s ‘Welcome Fund’.  The generosity of spirit of so many people has been a real joy to see.

Hospitality

The kindness and welcome which you have shown to Lewis, even before his arrival in Crediton, has led me to reflect on the idea of hospitality and all that goes with it, such as generosity of spirit and welcome – especially to the stranger in our midst.

Hospitality.  It’s rather a nice sounding virtue, but what is it?  I like to think that it makes our lives and the lives of others more comfortable.  However, it is much more than just a nice virtue.  It is essential!

If we look around, we are given precious glimpses of the hospitality of God when we perceive all that God provides for us through the created world.  He gives us the gift of life, with our bodies, all our senses, and all our talents and abilities.   Then, hopefully, he gives us the sun to warm us, water to refresh us, food to nourish us, a family to belong to, friends to stand by us, along with music, the arts, laughter, and all that is good and beautiful. 

Jesus was a master of hospitality, as a look through the Gospels shows us.  He provided wine for the wedding feast at Cana.  He fed the five thousand that came to hear him preach. After the resurrection we find him cooking breakfast for the apostles on the beach.

Hospitality involves more than food and drink………… it involves a whole host of other things, such as:

I was ignorant so you taught me.
I was lonely and you listened to me
I was misunderstood and you appreciated me
I was scared and you made me feel safe,
I had self-doubt and you believed in me.
I was shy and you paid attention to me.”
I’d lost my way in life and you gave me a good example.

 Hospitality includes feeding the mind with truth, providing the soul with beauty, nourishing the heart with patience and forgiveness, and serving those who thirst for love.

At the Last Supper, Jesus took bread and said, “This is my body given up for you.”  He took a cup of wine and said, “This is my blood poured out for you.”  Then he said, “Do this in memory of me.”  Do what in memory of him?  Give up our body and pour out our blood for others.  He was talking about sacrifice....... giving without counting the cost. Hospitality involves a lot of dying to self, and that makes us Christlike.

May the virtue of hospitality continue to abound in our community and, in so doing, may we continue to become more Christlike!

Your friend and Rector

Matthew Tregenza