Thoughts for the Month

Dear Friends,

On 8th June we go to the polls to elect a new Government. We do so at a fragile time in our world’s history. Into this mix we add the ‘Brexit factor’ and the uncertainty that this brings. As Christians we may not have all the answers to the complex situation in which we find ourselves; however what we can and must do, is pray.

In the first letter to Timothy, St Paul writes ‘First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way’. 1 Tim 2:1-2

As our Archbishops have stated in a recent pastoral letter: ‘Cohesion is what holds us together. The United Kingdom, when at its best, has been represented by a sense not only of living for ourselves, but by a deeper concern for the weak, poor and marginalised, and for the common good… We keep in our prayers all those who are standing in this election and are deeply grateful for their commitment to public service. All of us, as Christians, in holding fast to the vision of abundant life, should be open to the call to renounce cynicism, to engage prayerfully with the candidates and issues in this election and by doing so to participate together fully in the life of our communities.’

Let us pray then for our local community here in Bosham, for our nation, for our world and for those who bear the responsibility of high office, as we go to the polls.

Martin

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