St Anne’s Church, Tottington

View From The Vicarage

The Vicar’s blog.

View from the Vicarage – Lady Julian of Norwich

In the corner of my study in the Vicarage is a small statue of a woman in medieval garb kneeling down and in hands of her crossed arms she is holding what is taken to be a hazelnut. Her gaze is heavenward and her face is sublime and serene. It is an image of Lady...

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View from the Vicarage – Lectio Divina

The Abbott of the Benedictine Community in Norcia in Italy was once asked whether the wonderful chanting that they pray every day would in any way be different if it was sung by professional musicians. He replied that it probably would because the community where St...

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Lent

What! Lent Already! But we’ve only just finished Christmas! Yes indeed the season of Lent is upon us. It is a time for fasting, contrition, self examination and resolve. How we go about it is entirely up to us. No record is kept and no inquisitional interrogation made...

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View from the Vicarage – Calling Card

Every year I have a calling card printed. On one side are my contact details and a greeting and on the other is a prayer that I hope people might find helpful and encouraging. Two that I have used for many years were written by St Teresa of Avilla and St Francis de...

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Worship Through Winter

According to my diary, British wintertime begins on Thursday the 21st of December. This is also the day on which many Anglicans (me included) keep the Feast Day of St Thomas the Apostle and Martyr. There is an old rhyme that goes, “St. Thomas Day, St. Thomas Gray, The...

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View From The Vicarage – Remembering to Remember

Every day I make a list of things to do. At the very top of the list is prayer. Beneath that are an extraordinary variety of other things that make up the day that sometimes makes me feel a little be bi-polar!! These range from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the...

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In Quires And Places Where They Sing!

Ken Bayliss retired as Church Organist last week having carried out 40 years sat on the organ stool!! What I said about him can be found in my sermon here. We now have a rota of four organists with Alan Beedie taking the Choir for practice. It is planned that they...

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View from the Vicarage – Pass On

A few days ago I made a very long and rather tedious journey by train to Bath. The overall journey took me about 12 hours from start to finish for a meeting that lasted not much more than twenty five minutes! “What”, I can hear you all say, “gripped the attention of...

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View from the Vicarage | Desiderata

My brother John and I shared bedroom until I left home to go off to University. As little boys we slept end to end and in that unusual context he taught me my prayers! As a teenager I was the one whose bed was lodged against the bedroom window that used to freeze up...

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View from the Vicarage

The view this month is a little grey in spite of the bright blue sunshine and the soaring temperatures. Over the past few days I have visited Tottington Primary and High Schools. I have spoken to members of staff as well as pupils. I was asked to lead prayers at the...

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View from the Vicarage – Cynicism

Cynicism is a very unattractive dimension of modern life – but it’s not a new phenomena. It comes from a Greek word and is ‘an inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest’. It is easy to understand how folk can become like this. The...

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View from the Vicarage – Micah 6:8

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). There are times in life when we realise just how little control, power or influence we actually have. This can be a salutary and humbling realisation....

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