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Life's a marathon, not a sprint.

Updated: Sep 9, 2022

Let us run with perseverance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. Hebrews 12:1 - 2

Dear All Saints and St Mary’s

There's a popular saying that goes: Life's a marathon, not a sprint. When results for A-Level and then GCSE students are soon revealed, whatever grades are awarded - whether those grades feel like triumphs or disappointments - I pray that students would know that there is plenty of time ahead to work out next steps, re-take, try out new subjects, and explore different career options. It's worth taking time, because you are worth it!

Many of us enjoyed watching the Commonwealth Games - the lucky ones at the Birmingham stadium - the rest of us on TV. There was a really upbeat vibe. It was wonderful to see the way everyone's best efforts were applauded generously. It was also fascinating to watch para swimmers and para discus throwers compete together across different categories of impairment. Yes, of course it was a competition, but it was also a celebration of both talent and companionship and there was encouragement amid disappointment.

The author of Hebrews, who wrote the words above was a bit like a cheerleader - only for disciples in the early church. Chapters 11-12 presents a hall of fame of Biblical heroes of faith who never gave up trusting in God despite difficulty. I wonder which more recent Christians have inspired your faith? Why not tell us on Sunday over coffee?

In this week's gospel Jesus urges his disciples to read the signs of the times they are living in. Times of challenge and hardship. This feels so true of our own present times. What areas of society might Jesus want our passion to erupt over as Christians? God's justice always is geared towards lifting up those in adverse circumstances with least resources. Finally, did you know that the beautiful East Window depicts the message of Hebrews 12.2? Across the bottom it reads "Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith".


Contemplate it and you may pick up clues about whose wellbeing Jesus wants us to care about.

Every blessing, Diane

Assistant Curate Benefice of All Saints and St Mary, Fishponds

Services this Sunday 14th August

08:00am

All Saints

Holy Communion - Rev Diane Simms

10:00am

St. Mary's

Holy Communion - Rev Diane Simms

10:30am

All Saints

Messy Muddy Church - Elisa and Dave Williams

Services in the coming week and next Sunday:

Wednesday 17th

09:00am

All Saints

Celtic Morning Prayer

Thursday 18th

10:00am

St. Mary's

Holy Communion

Sunday 20th

10:00am

St. Mary's

Holy Communion

Sunday 20th

10:30am

All Saints

Holy Communion

14th August 2022 Email Notice Sheet
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