Rector’s Blog

God Rest You Merry

God rest you merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay, For Jesus Christ our Saviour Was born upon christmas day, To save us all from Satan’s power When we were gone astray: O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.   ‘Rest You merry’ was an old English greeting […]

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Christmas Unwrapped

“Now this hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5 Dear Minster and friends, I sometimes wonder if we have forgotten how to be truly hope-filled.  And as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, are we […]

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Hope is Kindled

Dear Minster and friends, “Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”  – The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe- C.S Lewis The […]

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Faith under fire, Prayer and Friendship

Dear Minster and friends, This week I was informed of the near death experience of Hassan John- a member of our congregation last year, a mission partner and dear friend. He and a group of visitors accompanied Baronness Cox to a village in Jos, Nigeria, which had experienced fatal attacks in May and July of […]

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The Trouble with Practical Atheism

Dear Minster and friends, “Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” — “In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.” ‭‭(Psalm 10:1, 4) The psalms are written by people of deep faith and authenticity […]

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Fire!

Dear Minster and friends, In a few days time we will be lighting a giant bonfire, inviting friends, and celebrating together with people from all ages on the farm for Bonfire night.  It is one of the events we do so well at Latimer Minster, with great grub, and an excellent chance to celebrate as […]

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I Can’t Do It for You… But I Can Carry You

Dear Minster and friends, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David.”- 1 Chronicles 11:17-18 I am always encouraged and inspired by […]

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I’m Kind of a Big Deal

Dear Minster and friends, “He boasted that he was somebody great” (Acts 8:9) Simon was a renowned magician and illusionist, someone who was massively famous, used to working a crowd and harnessing occult power.  However, after hearing the gospel and seeing the Holy Spirit at work he decided to become a Christian. So far, so […]

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