Dear Minster and Friends,
This week a wonderful preacher, pastor and scholar, Eugene Peterson, passed into his eternal future. He was most well known for translating the bible into a modern paraphrase called ‘The Message’
The family of Eugene Peterson said that so confident was he of spending time with the Lord upon his death that his last words were “Let’s go!”
The famous shepherd Psalm he rephrased like this:
“GOD, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.
Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.
You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.
Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of GOD for the rest of my life.”
Psalm 23:1-6 MSG
One of the most important things is to put into today’s phrases what the original poets, writers and prophets were trying to show. I especially like the image of serving a 6 course feast right in front of enemies. Whatever we may be facing – threat, opposition, strain or enemies of any sort. Straight afterwards it says ‘you restore my soul’ or refresh my soul or ‘revive my drooping head’ .
This week: May the Lord revive your drooping head, may he restore and refresh your soul, may you find God as your source of strength whatever faces you from the other side. And when this life is done may we say, with Eugene:
‘Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side’
With much love,
News & Events
21st – 25th November – rethink
Rethink is a week of mission in collaboration with the Oxford Centre of Christian Apologetics (OCCA) and 11 local churches.
During this week The Minster will be hosting several events where we will be inviting people to think through some of the deeper questions in life.
To make each event as hospitable as possible we really needs helpers in various areas. Click here to sign up to help with an event.
To see a full list of the events we have planned during rethink click here.
Christmas is fast approaching and, as usual, Latimer is planning some key events through the month of December to celebrate as a community as well as hosting family and guests from near and far. We are setting aside Saturday 1st December to get the Minster ready! The theme this year is ‘A Star is Born’ based on Isaiah 9.
We would love you to consider joining us for the day (or part of it) between 10am and 3:30pm. There will be tasks for the creatives, the DIY-lovers, the socialites and the introverts – all are welcome. Lunch will be provided, friendships will be forged and the venues will be transformed.
Click here to sign up to help on the day or to help with any f the other events we have happening during Christmas!
If you have and are willing to lend or donate any of the following;
A large ladder
Fern leaves or other foliage for wreaths and garlands
Extra fairy lights
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
31st October – Light Party
6pm – 7:30pm
Last chance to book your tickets here for our very first Light Party!
3rd November – Bonfire Celebration
4pm – 6:30pm
Remember, remember the 3rd of November!
Join us for hot dogs, hot chocolate, sparklers, a bonfire and of course fireworks! We will be having a toddler friendly display at 5pm and the main display will be at 6pm.
All are welcome to this free event.