A recent Gospel reading told how Jesus and his followers needed rest. But it was impossible; everywhere they went, they were recognised…
The apostles gathered around Jesus and brought Him news of all they had done and taught. And He said to them, “Come with Me privately to a solitary place, and let us rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they went away in a boat by themselves to a solitary place. But many people saw them leaving and recognised them. They ran together on foot from all the towns and arrived before them. When Jesus stepped ashore and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And He began to teach them many things.
Hopefully, if you are planning on taking a holiday, you will not be ‘recognised’ to the same extent! And if you aren’t able to have a break, we hope that you are able to rest a little while and stay cool during the hot weather.
Best wishes to you this summer from everyone at St Giles’.
Long warm days… The pace of life slows… A time for picnics and rest in the shade… Lord, help us to rest awhile in the cooling shade of your presence. Slow down our restless hearts and fill us with gentle compassion for all your people. Amen.
Just a reminder that Choral Evensong will take place in St Giles’ on Sunday 1st July at 4.30pm. Music includes Stanford’s evening service in C, Howard Goodall’s ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ and responses by Bernard Rose. All are very welcome!