Rector’s Letter

Stonewall Park-21‘O, the month of May, the merry month of May.’

And, what a month it is going to be in our communities. The openings of a WWI exhibition, a talk by Major Streatfeild on duty in Afghanistan, plant sales, weddings, baptisms, births of new babies, ‘Archdeacon Visitation’s’ for our hard working Church Wardens, ‘Christian Aid Week’ culminating with a ‘Gift Day’ in Hever Church, on Saturday 17th May, with tea, coffee and cakes. David Muir will give a presentation, talk and show a film about Christian Aid at 11am about the work of this international organization; who works with agencies and governments to make peace across the world a reality and help put back lives back together. So do come and join us!

‘O, the month of May, the merry month of May,
So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green!
O, and then did I unto my true love say,
Sweet Peg, thou shalt be my Summer’s Queen.

Now the nightingale, the pretty nightingale,
The sweetest singer in all the forest quire,
Entreats thee, sweet Peggy, to hear thy true love’s tale :
Lo, yonder she sitteth, her breast against a brier.

But O, I spy the cuckoo, the cuckoo, the cuckoo;
See where she sitteth; come away, my joy:
Come away, I prithee, I do not like the cuckoo
Should sing where my Peggy and I kiss and toy.

O, the month of May, the merry month of May,
So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green;
And then did I unto my true love say,
Sweet Peg, thou shalt be my Summer’s Queen.

(‘The Merry Month of May’ was a part of Dekker’s play, The Shoemaker’s Holiday, first performed in 1599.)

In May, we also celebrate Rogation and the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. This enabled the ‘Holy Spirit” of God to come in power and live amongst us. It is a shame that the church’s debate about Women becoming Bishop’s and the issues of ‘Gay Marriage’ in church still rumble on and take us away from the very heart of the work in the Gospel which is to ‘Love one another’ and make God’s Love visible amongst us. May we have ‘eyes to see’ and the ‘wisdom to perceive’ ‘God’s Kingdom’ come. Amen!

‘O, the month of May, the merry month of May.’

 

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