War and pain.
As I sit to write this week’s newsletter there is renewed unrest in the Holy Land. War has broken out in Israel and across the Gaza strip and people are one again killing each other.
War is just about the worst thing that we humans practice on each other. The moment we declare war on each other the rules of decent human love go out the window.
We dress this up by saying there are rules of war, that you can do this – but you can’t do that. You can arrest a soldier but you mustn’t mistreat him.
It’s of little comfort when the aim appears to be to kill as many men, women and children as you can of the ‘enemy’.
The reality is of course that we have only one enemy in this life and he lives somewhere rather warmer than earth.
It is that fallen creature that drives us towards hatred and the normalising of killing each other, of aiming missiles and guns at each other.
There is only one enemy that helps us somehow make war okay – because we have ‘rules’.
War is never okay. It is never okay because it requires us to cease to love our neighbour as ourselves – as Jesus loved us and as He continues to love us.
War starts in the small acts of aggressions we show each other every day. War starts in the nastiness of our own hearts when they are not full of the love that Jesus gives us.
Pray that your own heart is shed of any hatred and aggression, that it is instead filled with Jesus’ Love.
Pray that the hearts of others are filled with that love. Pray that one day we will be able to say that War is a thing of the past.
There is an amazing Brass Band Concert at Church on Saturday (7th) evening at 7pm. It’s going to be an amazing evening… you may even spot Fr. Matthew playing the bass in the back row! Do come along and support the Yiewsley and West Drayton Band.
There is Sunday School NEXT WEEK at 11:30am-12:30pm. Please invite and encourage your children to come.
No Thursday Fun & Fellowship this week as it takes it’s monthly break. Spanners & Coffee (our biker meet) is also taking a break this month to return in November with a new winter look and feel. We’re looking at oppertunities to take the biker meet and TFF out to places in the parish – if you’ve got any ideas of where we could meet and invite new people, do let Fr. Matthew or Fr. Josiah know.
We’re just heading into the winter period and our heating and electricity bills will almost treble as we attempt to keep the church warm for Sundays and events. It would be wonderful if you could consider giving a little more over the winter period to help us cover the bills.
Please sign up for Parish Giving (which is a wonderful way to support St. Anselm and helps us claim more money from the government) Go to www.stanselm.co.uk/giving or call the Parish Giving Team directly on 0333 002 1271 quoting our parish number, which is: 230 623 503.