St Anne’s Church, Tottington

View From The Vicarage

The Vicar’s blog.

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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View from the Vicarage – Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday falls on the 26th of March. Every year I seem to undertake a rearguard campaign to remind countless numbers of people that I come into contact with that it is NOT Mother’s Day! Now before anyone jumps to the wrong conclusions, I need to tell you that...

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View from the Vicarage – Lent

Ash Wednesday is a day of Holy Obligation that this year falls on the 1st of March. That’s to say that it is one of the principal dates in the calendar when a Christian ought to be in Church to make their Holy Communion and prepare themselves for the start of this...

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View from the Vicarage – New Beginnings

Someone once said to me that the reason why they had never made any new year’s resolutions was because they knew that they would always fail to keep them. Personal discipline is so often sacrificed upon the altar of good intentions; the list is legion. In faith...

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View from the Vicarage – Advent

“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” These words were written towards the end of the first century AD and form part of the Prologue to St John’s Gospel that is always read in Anglican liturgical celebrations on Christmas Eve. Advent...

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View from the Vicarage – Oradour

“Down this road, on a summer day in 1944 ... The soldiers came. Nobody lives here now. They stayed only a few hours. When they had gone, a community which had lived for a thousand years ... was dead. This is Oradour-sur-Glane, in France. The day the soldiers came, the...

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View from the Vicarage – Our Organist

Public worship is not a form of entertainment. Our praise and prayer we offer God – ward; and it is for Him that we sing our hymns and make melodious noise on a Sunday morning. Clearly, we would not want to leave Church manically depressed by the experience on a...

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View from the Vicarage

My late Mother always believed that one of the most important things she ever did for her children was to teach them how to read. I still have the book that she taught me from. It’s a now somewhat tatty edition of Enid Blyton’s, Brer Rabbit Again. If I ever found a...

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View from the Vicarage – Judge Not!

In the Gospel of St Luke we read Jesus’ words, “Judge not and ye shall not be judged.” Jesus words remain a particular challenge not only to the self righteous but also to a 21st society that is easily defined in terms of a blame and litigation driven culture. On...

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View from the Vicarage – Cubs Centenary

As a little boy I belonged to the 2nd Oxford Cub – Scout Troop. It met each Friday in the parish hall connected to the parish Church of St Mary and St John on the Cowley Road in Oxford. We used to go on Camp to Shotover just on the outskirts of the City and I remember...

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View from The Vicarage – Mother Teresa

It was a source of some disappointment for me to have been unable to see the exhibition dedicated to Mother Teresa of Calcutta that is currently being held at the Oratory in Oxford. There was an outside chance that I might be able to nip in on my way back from...

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