In my last two Rector’s letters I said I’d commend two precious things.
In March I commended the Bible. This month it’s the Eucharist.
During April we mark the annual commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Eucharist is our daily grace-filled marker. Through this day by day, week by week action in St Giles we recall the risen Lord Jesus Christ in bread and wine and are drawn with all on our hearts into the movement of his eternal self-offering to his Father.
The Lord’s people gather on the Lord’s Day in the Lord’s house around the Lord’s table. The Sunday Eucharist is ‘the hour of Jesus’ in which we soak in his presence in word and sacrament to be refreshed as his disciples. Meeting Jesus in the Eucharist goes further than the spiritual refuelling of believers though. Proclaiming the Lord’s death until he comes (1 Corinthians 11v26) has cosmic impact. The memorial sacrifice that is the Eucharist, energised by the risen Lord, is an action transformative of the village, the nation and the world.
It has been a great privilege to stand for 8 years where 51 previous Rectors have stood to take bread and wine, bless them, break the bread and hand Christ’s body and blood to our 100 regular Communicants.
Though I resign as parish priest on Easter Day I’m grateful to the Churchwardens for permission to return and celebrate my 40th anniversary of being made a priest with a special Eucharist on St Thomas’s Day, Monday 3rd July 7.30pm.
With the Bible the Eucharist is one of the most precious things on earth and I commend regular Sunday attendance to each and all in the village.
Anne and I move on with many happy memories of our time here.
We will keep Horsted Keynes in our ongoing prayer and look forward to news sooner rather than later of the appointment of a new Rector.
Yours in Christ