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Why we're here today -

That the community may know that St Bertoline's is here to profess the faith, to celebrate it

in worship and prayer, and to share it in fellowship, so that we may say

"We would see Jesus".

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October 21st 2017 The Rectory Barthomley

My dear Friends,

By the end of this month another year in the life of the Church will be at an end. We shall have followed the full course of salvations’ history. Having begun with the eager expectations of the prophets searching for clues as to the coming of the Messiah, we shall have recalled, for over two thousand times, the narrative of the birth of Jesus Christ the Son of God. His life and ministry recorded for us in the four Gospels will have been followed, from expectation, through birth, upbringing, his mission. Then we shall have taken part in the trials, death, resurrection and ascension of God’s Son, till all is fulfilled in the sending of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s Church.

That cycle of salvation was complete at Whitsun. During this past six months we have then followed the particular record of St Matthew’s gospel, written from his particular point of view as a stalwart Jew and expecting to be read and listened to by those of similar understanding, and for whom familiarity with the Old Testament and Jewish ideas could be taken for granted.

So the feast of Christ the King brings the cycle to an end. Through December the story of our salvation begins again, but next year will be Year B – the year of the second Gospel, that according to St Mark. Very different it is.

Mark’s account is written almost as though by a young lad bursting to get it all down on paper as quickly as possible, with the words, events and ideas falling over each other. ‘Straightaway’ is one of Mark’s favourite words. His sentences are short. He’s apparently never dreamed of such a thing as a relative clause. But Aramaic, unlike Greek, has no relative clauses. Probably Mark’s gospel was written in Aramaic, his native language. It seems that Matthew and Luke, at least, had access to Mark’s gospel, for between them they include the great majority of St Mark, very often word for word and usually in the same order of events.

So, soon, we shall close the Church year with the time old Christmas Pudding stirring collect: Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people, that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Best wishes to all, Darrel Speedy

St Bertoline’s –Why we’re here.

That the community we serve may know that St Bertoline’s is here to profess the faith, to celebrate it in worship and prayer, and to share it in fellowship, so that we may say, “We would see Jesus”.

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