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Forgive us as we Forgive others

While I was on holiday recently, I went to a local church for Communion and heard a very good sermon by a fairly junior priest: she talked about “sins forgiven” in a clear and thoughtful manner, pitched just right for my (limited!) level of understanding.

One of the things that really got me thinking was her comment about a line from the Lord's Prayer,“forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”.

Forgive us, AS WE FORGIVE others. The point here, which I'd not thought of before, seems to be not that we are forgiven because we forgive others, but rather as we forgive; ie we are forgiven in the manner in which we forgive. This implies that as well as urging us to actually forgive those who do us wrong, in addition, we should do so readily, freely and gracefully. I think this is really difficult.

Most of us try to lead a good life; caring, supportive, friendly, loving, etc. Most of us do try hard to forgive those who do wrong even if we can only do so grudgingly, because we know that its what we ought to be doing. But to forgive someone completely and utterly, with a smile on your face, that's the really difficult thing to do and I can imagine occasions where I don't think I could do this.

Yet Jesus did this for us. On the Cross, whilst he was enduring a slow and painful death, he prayed for the people who were crucifying him, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”. More than that, in the midst of his pain and suffering, he even reached out verbally and emotionally to one of the thieves who sought his help, “today you will be with me in paradise”.

Is it too late for a new years resolution ……. to try to forgive others in the same manner that Jesus forgives us.

Our Heavenly Father forgives your sins.
Go forth in the world and forgive others ..
and forgive yourself.

Please pray for those members of HM Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan, especially the members of 40 Commando Royal Marines from Norton Manor Camp, Taunton, who deployed to that theatre in March.

CONFIRMATION 2010

When we were Baptised (Christened) our parents and God-parents took promises to show us the faith of Jesus Christ; in Confirmation we take those promises upon ourselves, confirming that we wish to explore the love of Christ as we journey through this world.

This years Confirmation Service will be held by the Bishop, in Ilminster on Thursday 1st July (in the evening). Anyone, from the age of about 11years old, can volunteer for Confirmation and to undergo the four preparation classes led by me, each of about forty minutes, to be held at the end of May.

Would anyone considering Confirmation, please contact me; Rev'd Geoff Wade, telephone 240228 or e'mail gw1@greenbee.net

From the Church Registers:

27th March Theodore FryerHoly Baptism at Dowlish Wake
30th March Vernon PatchAshes interred with those of his wife, Edith, at Dowlish Wake
31st March Frances Lyford of Shepton Beauchamp cremation at Taunton.
20th April June Russell of Shepton Beauchamp cremation at Taunton.

The Darwin Awards 2010:

1. As a female shopper left a shop, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The assistant 'phoned 999 immediately, and the woman was able to give the police a detailed description of the bag snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the thief. They put him in the car and drove back to the shop. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, “Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from…”

2. The newspaper crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King at 5am, flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The assistant turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the assistant said they weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.

3. When a man attempted to siphon petrol from a motor home parked on a city street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal petrol, but he plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.

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