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Girton Parish News - June 2000
Girton History Group has "won" the Lottery!!
If any readers have photographs of relatives or friends from Girton who served in the Forces during the War, or know of others, would they please contact Bill and Margaret Parnwell on 277109. The History Group would like to include copies of such photographs in the booklet containing these letters which is expected to be published towards the end of the year. Relevant wartime photographs of Girton events and organisations would also be welcome.
Any photographs will be copied and returned.
Pentecost also takes us further back than 2000 years - right back to God's act of creation.
That which was formed perfect and free now groans in travail; it throbs with pain; it longs to be set free. It thirsts to see a new creation taking form.
Here is the meaning of Pentecost: the Holy Spirit prompts us to sigh as we look at our world; to feel a deep-seated unhappiness (but not despair), a discontent (but not a washing of our hands), a frustration with things as they are in the present, a longing for things to be as they could be, as they were made to be, and as they will be. And so "we ourselves, who have the 'first fruits' of the Spirit, groan inwardly".
That's part of what Pentecost means for us as Christians. We sigh and creation groans because the Spirit of God is calling us to a new kind of future. There is an 'eager longing' for something FUTURE, for something that we can experience in part now, but the fullness of which lies in the future.
What we see, touch, hear, taste and smell isn't all there is; it's too imperfect, too provisional, and for many people, too painful. Creation yearns for an end to the powers of all that is destructive, all that causes death and decay.
We now know, looking back on the most violent century in the world's history, why the Spirit has been given to us. Not for private, ecstatic experiences, but to influence for good, to change the 'agenda' of the world.
Pentecost reminds us again that our hope for the future comes from the same Spirit which fell upon the disciples on that first Feast of Pentecost ('first-fruits'); and they turned the world upside down!
The Spirit takes us beyond our own narrow concerns and self-interest, and gives us the power to change things now. It is our calling to work for a better world; and it begins with the transformation of the inner self in holiness and LOVE.
That's why we gather in church and field on June 11th, to perhaps glimpse new possibilities for a different, better world as we celebrate the power of God to change things for good.
WELCOMING THE STRANGER
My experience of beach warfare at Llandudno is just the tip of an iceberg
of racial hatred that envelops the world and seems, to me, to be on the
increase. In this country the murder of the teenager Stephen Lawrence
shattered any illusion we might have had that racial divides didn't exist
and recently racial attacks are on the increase. To just quote a
couple from the last few weeks, a local shopkeeper was stabbed in Llanelli
because of the colour of his skin and a young Asian man was attacked by
a group in the West Midlands and set on fire. I could look around
the world at other similar situations, but why look elsewhere when in our
own country there is growing disquiet and unease about the increasing numbers
of people coming here to seek asylum and refuge.
Aliens, strangers, foreigners, those with a different colour of skin, a strange language, a different background, a view of things that is not our own. These are the people that God wants us to welcome and love. It isn't always easy, particularly as our thoughts and standards are so different to God's, yet our shallowness of love compared to God's did not stop Him reaching out to us by sending Jesus to live with us and die in our place. When we start to appreciate the love of God for us, then that same love compels us to love others in return.
We are travellers on this earth, lodgers for a very short while in this particular world and therefore as we journey through we should try to help our fellow travellers along the road. We can do it in a variety of ways and in a wonderful parable in Matthew's gospel, Jesus describes how the nations will one day be judged on how they have reacted to those in need. The blessed are those who feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, see a stranger and invite them in, see someone needing clothing and clothe them or see someone in prison and visit them. All these actions please God and are ways of welcoming the stranger.
Girton Glebe News
Last term the children organised two fund raising events to help the flood victims in Mozambique. A non- uniform event raised £160 and a Pokemon design competition was run by four of our year 6 girls , raising £4.48. Well done Girton Glebe and Maddie, Nicola ,Charlotte and Elesha who even bought the prizes with their own money
I hope that you all enjoyed the children's work in In Touch last month and that you will join us for our Feast Week Garden Party on 5th July at 6pm. Please bring your own picnic, chairs or rug and wine or drinks; barbeque available.