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A message Michael McDonnell, Chair of Churches Together in Farnham
Unprecedented times continue for us all and we get used to the unusual. Many struggle with problems which themselves cause more problems - all unforeseen. We continue to struggle with all of this, doing our best to help one another.
Locally, the Farnham and Villages Helpline, Farnham Foodbank and Farnham Assist continue their work. Nationally, the NHS continues to excel. The Daily Hope free telephone line provides hope to many and has taken over 200,000 calls since its launch in April. We are able to return to our churches.
The Churches Together in Farnham AGM is not far away, with its useful reports - and election of a Chairman for the coming year. Sadly it seems, the CTF Christmas Day Lunch will not take place - it will be greatly missed by many.
Season of Creation. The importance and immediacy of our recognizing the damage we are doing to our planet, has been brought to us by David Attenborough’s documentary “Extinction - The Facts”. May I suggest we look again at the CTBI introduction to this year’s Season of Creation:
Season of Creation, 1st September to 4th October 2020
• “This year, amid crises that have shaken our world, we’re awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and each other.
• “During the season this year, we enter a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, that requires radically new ways of living with creation.
• “Christians around the world will use this period to renew their relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment.
• “This year’s Season of Creation is a time to consider the integral relationship between rest for the Earth and ecological, economic, social, and political ways of living.
• “This particular year, the need for just and sustainable systems has been revealed by the far-reaching effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We yearn for the moral imagination that accompanies the Jubilee.
• “As followers of Christ from around the globe, we share a common role as caretakers of God’s creation. We rejoice in this opportunity to care for our common home and the sisters and brothers who share it.”
May I close by suggesting we pray Psalm 104(103) - rejoicing in the Glories of Creation.
Chair of Churches Together in Farnham
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