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by ben last modified 14 Jun, 2018 12:28 PM

By the Ven Alan Jeans, Archdeacon of Sarum

“The English are a nation of shopkeepers”. A quote from Adam Smith, the economist from 1776, or Napoleon I, dismissing our supposed unpreparedness for war against France?

The recent news of several High Street retailers closing stores is a shock to staff and customers, and many towns will lose a valuable asset. Pray for those whose livelihoods have been affected.

It raised with me the question: how do our English parish churches present as a shop window to their communities?

I’ve just enjoyed the most wonderful Sunday worship. I attended a 9 o’clock Breakfast Church, with terrific coffee and bacon rolls. The service was well attended by young people, mums, dads, and a few grandparents. Accessible worship songs and an interesting reflection on the Epistle gave us much to take away and think about.

Then a new congregation came for a Common Worship Eucharist. We sang well-chosen traditional hymns, and drew near to Christ in the Sacrament, with more coffee and conversation afterwards. This was all the more impressive as the parish is in vacancy.

Later, I attended the Wiltshire Royal British Legion and SSAFA Commemoration of the Centenary of the Armistice that ended WW1.

A full Cathedral with choir and organ, a parade of standards, Shrewton Silver Band, army and sea cadets, veterans, family and friends. A cracking sermon spoke of the failure of humanity to avoid war, and the compassion and tears of God who wept at the loss of every life.

One Sunday, three services, each a different shop window to the world. Each an invitation to come and see, to feel the welcome from a community of faith, and God’s unconditional love.

Pray for our shopkeepers, their customers, and communities. Pray too for the churches and church people who serve the community.

Taken from the latest edition of Grapevine. Page here

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