A Pastoral Letter from the Parish Priest – Autumn 2021

Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity – 10th October ‘21

My dearest Friends in the Lord,

I am very happy to write these few lines as we are all moving towards a well-advanced year 2021. Looks like we had New Year celebrations yesterday! So many things are happening all over the place and I hope you are all well and enjoying the best of Autumn “the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!” (John Keats) And as I write, today is Friday, the weather is just glorious with an abundance of sunshine and the temperature is going to be 21 degrees! Wow! Looks like a taste of the Summer gone by.

You will find below useful information as you look ahead to October!
  1. Church Of England – Join us for our weekly Online Services
    Use link: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online
  1. Parish Family Service Resources At Scampton Church
    For information about the service: www.scamptonchurch.org
    Fr Sebastian will preside and as we worship we will also listen to some favourite hymns.
    Please note that this service is streamed from Ingham church so as to enable people to attend the service physically and to receive Holy Commuinion.

    If you are not on the Parish database and wish to join the service please contact  the Springline Parish Secretary on springline [email protected] 

    Please download  the Order of service here.
  1. Breaking News! Living in Love and Faith Course in our Deanery of Lawres
    We are running a pilot LLF course in October and will run a larger, deanery course in January. If anyone is interested in coming along to the Nettleham course, please get in touch with Revd Judy Shaw and myself. Our emails are in the advert (text of advert below):
    All Saints’ Nettleham Living In Love And Faith Course
    Parish Office, Nettleham, On Thursdays, Starting 6.30pm
    exploring what it means to be human and to live in love and faith with one another.

    14 October
    creating safer and braver spaces

    21 October
    What does it mean to learn together as followers of Jesus Christ?

    4 November
    How does our identity in Christ relate to sex and gender?

    11 November
    What kinds of relationships does God call us to?

    18 November
    Where do our bodies and sex fit in to all of this?

    25 November
    How do diversity and difference affect our life together as a church?

    Each session will have a time of welcome and worship,  teaching and discussion, studying the Bible together, prayer and reflection (and pudding!). A course booklet will be provided. There will be dessert and coffee served during the evening, this will provide an opportunity to chat informally and share views and thoughts sensitivity. 
  1. LIVE! Next on line zoom Parish Communion is on 12th December and will be streamed from All Saints Church at 10.30 am.

  2. 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

  3. 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 https://springlineparish.co.uk/online-church/
We need a centre of calm and peace – Christ is the Still Point of the Turning World!

We all need a centre of peace and calm, joy and strength. Where do we find that centre of calm, that compass that shows us the way to follow in the storms of life? How do we chart our life course? For us Christians that supreme and sovereign ideal and goal is Jesus Christ. He is the compass.

We can chart our course by following Jesus Christ ‘the way, the truth and the life!’  In the hustle and bustle of life he is the point of calm, the compass to guide us through stormy waters of life! Things may not have worked out as you wished but turning to Jesus Christ can make all the difference for you in your life!

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.

A prayer for our Parish and Church

Abba Father, purify my Parish Community in the precious blood of Jesus
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!

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

Father Sebastian

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