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St Michaels Vicarage

751 Marfleet Lane

Hull

HU9 4TJ

tel: 01482 374509

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email:revwendy.stpeters@gmail.com

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1st September 2010

 

Dear Sister and Brothers in Christ,

 

No one ever pointed out that my letters didn’t have a date on. It’s not until I suddenly thought that my Gran (93 I think) might like them and so started to compile them that I realised they don’t have the date on. They are stored on my computer in date order but as I’m sending them to Gran as a bunch, I’ve had to add the date by hand.

All I have to do in the future is remember to change the date!

 

Two weeks since my last letter you’d think there as a lot to write about but not really.

The main thing to point out is that I will be away on holiday. Yes I know I’ve only just had a week off but this is my long Summer Holiday. I don’t want it advertising outside the church people but I am on holiday from the 7th starting back on the 25th. Some of it I am here, some of it I have friends staying here while I am away.

 

So there is a change to the services. I will be here on the 6th and the 27th September. At St Michael’s Trisha will do a Eucharist on the 13th and Margaret Duffy will do Morning prayer on the 20th. At St Peter’s Allan will do morning Prayer on the 13th and my friend Rev Peter Jones from Nottingham will do a communion service on the 20th.

 

Shenanigans in the Vicarage Garden!

 

The foxes are still around, although I haven’t seen much of them. I did go into the dining room one evening as I came into the house. I didn’t put the light on in the dining room but the light in the hall was on. It wasn’t very late but was dark. I walked to the window thinking it would be nice to see a pair of eyes staring back at me. I looked at the tree and as my eyes adjusted I though I’d seen something move towards the house. I thought “it might set off the light sensor” but the light didn’t come on. But I did then see a fox walk away from the house and round the apple tree it stopped turned around and seemed to be staring at me. It was a bit odd. I don’t imagine that the fox could see me but may have seen a shadow move against the light. This morning I went out and one of my chairs, which was collapsed and had blown off the table in the high wind the other day, had moved further across the lawn. There was also evidence of two less birds and we found a very chewed golf ball in the garden. Evidence they are still around. I’ve seen two squirrels several times.

 

On one of my walks along the drain when it was dry, I saw what I think was a Brown Hawker dragon fly. I either saw 3 or I saw the same one three times. There was also a blueish one but I didn’t get a long enough look to identify it.

 

 

Included in your letter this week are a couple of short homily’s from me and the transcriptions of the last two videos which have been very quiet.

 

Below is a prayer from one of the emails that I get each week. Nadia Bolz-Weber a priest in America. She is very radical and not every body’s “cup of Tea” so I have made some changes to her prayer but I really the simplicity and honesty of this prayer for the 30th August.

 

I will write again when I am back from my holiday!

 

Take care, stay safe Every blessing.   Rev Wendy

 

 

Sunday prayers From “the Corners” with Nadia Bolz-Weber

Edited by Wendy

God of many names,

We don’t know how to feel less tired.

We don't know how to vanquish our own fears.

We don’t know how to stop being angry at stupid people ...

We don’t know how to live through a global pandemic and anti-black violence and wildfires and hurricanes and the fact that Chadwick Boseman just died....

We don’t know how to sustain the effort it takes to not completely freak out, and the effort it takes to keep from freaking out is one of the things that is making us so tired. 

So we need some reminders right now, Lord. 

Remind us that for every tragedy that’s “newsworthy” there are a million kindnesses, and countless acts of love that go unreported. 

But more than anything, remind us of our own souls. Remind us that there is an essential, holy, un-hurtable part of ourselves that never tires, that does not know fear, that is un-affected by other people, that cannot be irritated, that has nothing to achieve. 

If taking a few deep breaths reminds us of our truest centre, then nudge us to breathe. [...] If laughing our [heads] off reminds us of what is most true, then nudge our friends to send funny texts. If eating a vegetable now and then reminds us that our bodies need us, then give us the will to make a salad. 

Amen.

 


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