“The Way Ahead”
On the 14th July over 150 people from our Church and community came to a buffet supper in the Town Hall in Tavistock to hear about the “The Way Ahead” and plans to celebrate the 700th Anniversary of Tavistock Parish Church. Full details of forthcoming events will be published over the coming months. I want to take this opportunity to thank those who helped make this event possible: David Parkin for his organisation of the event, John Rea, James Teague and Katie Stevenson (from the Diocese of Exeter) for speaking at the event, and Sean Sweeney and the choir of St Eustachius’ Church, together with “Gin and Pimms” for their musical entertainment. A huge thank you also to Cathy Sherlock, the Social Committee, and all the helpers who provided food and much needed help during the evening. I have received many appreciative comments from those who came to the supper and thank everyone involved for making this Church/Community event possible.
Journeying with God
For many, August is a time for holidays. For most of us, holidays are straight-forward and simple, but for some they have a deeper significance. For some there is a need, almost an urge, to travel and to visit new places. Human beings are, by nature, wanderers and explorers. Our forebears were hunter-gatherers and not settled people. In many cultures, there is a tradition of journeying – nations, tribes and groups “on the move”. In the Bible there are lots of stories of people on the move. The Exodus, where the people of Israel escaped from Egypt and, after a 40 year journey, entered the promised land, is perhaps the most well-known example from the Old Testament. In the New Testament, the first disciples were literally followers of Jesus and they travelled with Jesus from place to place as he taught about the Kingdom of God. They left their homes, their settled lives and their places of work as they responded to his call. There is a tradition within the Christian faith of Christians being people who are on the move and on a journey – literally, followers of “The Way”.
The Christian faith has been spread by people who are prepared to travel, and the theme of life as a “journey”, or as a pilgrimage, is at the very heart of our faith. It means that we are called to a life that is not settled, a life in which we are prepared to move on. This is particularly true as we live in a time of significant change.
The idea of journeying is, of course, not simply about a physical journey, it is also about an internal journey which involves both the heart and the mind. We know from our own experiences of life that often we travel huge distances inside ourselves because of experiences we have. These experiences can take us to a new understanding of what it is to be ourselves in relationship with God and with others.
The Christian life is a journey towards God, in the company of God, and in the company of each other. It is a journey we are all to take and something which is beneficial for us all. This month, if you are able to do so, set a little extra time aside for your journey with God.
With my love and prayers,