A Pastoral Letter from the Parish Priest – Autumn 2021

Remembrance Sunday – 14th November ‘21

My dearest Friends in the Lord,

Hope you are well and adapting fast to the colder climate. It might be raining or cold, but the Autumn days are so special and colourful. There is something poignant about it, the falling yellowed leaves, the beautiful sunrise, and sunsets…life seems reflected in the seasons and Autumn reminds us of maturity, fruitfulness, fulfilment, memories and remembrances. Let us enjoy Autumn while winter isn’t far, and we already wonder if we’ll have a white Christmas!

November is full of remembrances, and we are indebted to so many who laid down their lives for us. What the veterans of all wars have done for us shall never be forgotten because they sacrificed their lives to rid the world of evil and to make it a better place.

Services on Remembrance Sunday

14th Nov. 2nd Sunday Before Advent-R/G

9.00 am
10.15 am
10.55 am
12.00 noon

Cammeringham
Scampton
Burton
Ingham

Holy Communion
Remembrance Sunday Services in the Springline Parish

SM
SD/SM
NH
SM

Church Of England – Join us for our weekly Online Services

Use link: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

LIVE! Next online zoom Parish Communion is on 12th December and will be streamed from All Saints Church at 10.30 am.

Springline Parish on-line Home Worship Resources.

You will find a copy of this letter, the sermon for this week, prayers and worship songs etc. Do visit the online church page.

Do you have a faith story, and would you like to share what God has done for you to others? Please call 01522 731793 or to contact a member of the Ministry Team or your Churchwarden please do use link: Contact – Springline Parish

We wish As Bishop Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely, our prayerful support as he takes up his post as the Acting Bishop of Lincoln from the 1st January 2022.

Watch out for information about Carols and Christmas Services in the forthcoming issue of the ‘Village Venture’ and in the Parish website and other forums.

Climate Change and us…

The fact that so many people have been suffering on a scale that is unimaginable for most affluent citizens of the world, and yet little or nothing is done, and most people do not care, represents a clear failure of leadership and is a tragedy. We hope we can still turn the tide. Pope Francis says in Laudato Si’: “We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family. There are no frontiers or barriers, political or social, behind which we can hide, still less is there room for the globalization of indifference.”

We all need to take a good look at ourselves and our tenor of life and relationships with the earth. We need each other. We belong to each other. We are all brothers and sisters. We are one huge human family. We are diverse in every way, but we are one. Our differences are a source of wealth and pride.

And in the midst of all and the answer to all our crises is following Jesus Christ ‘the way, the truth and the life! He shows us the way and invites us to follow him to make a better world for all! “I have come that you may have life and have it in all abundance.” (John 10.10)

We’ll soon begin the Christian season of Advent, a time to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus – Christmas! We’ll join carol services and sing those lovely carols and celebrate the immense love of God who became one of us to save us and to heal us. I wish you all a wonderful Advent Season! Let us prepare our hearts for Christmas!

A Prayer for blessings on the diocesan restructuring plans

Almighty God, source of our hope and all good things;
you call us in love to share in the work of creation in making all things new.
Bless our diocese: may we be faithful in our worship;
confident in our discipleship; and joyful in our service;
that, through us, the world may catch a glimpse of the love you have for each one of us,
made known to us in your son,

Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

A prayer for our Parish and Church

Abba Father, purify my Parish Community in the precious blood of Jesu
and fill my Church and Parish with your Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Springline Parish – Nine Churches, One Parish, Following Jesus.

The Church exists to assist you in your spiritual search, to comfort you in your cares and
worries, to support you and walk with you. We believe that Jesus is The True Answer to all our questions and problems, the one who can fill the emptiness and restlessness in our hearts, the One who can help us heal our world! Do help us to help you where we can!

You will have already heard of my impending retirement from active ministry. If you can, Alida and I would be delighted to see you at the farewell service on 9th January at St John the Baptist Church South Carlton at 10.30 am. Let us thank God together for all his blessings and graces and also bid farewell to each other.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and always.

With my love and prayer to each one of you,
Father Sebastian

Revd Dr Sebastian Thomas Mattapally
Rector, Springline Parish, Diocese of Lincoln
Tel: 01522 731793   Email: [email protected]