Imagine driving along the Wells road to British Camp. You drive past the turn down to Welland and on round the bends until the road levels out past the car park on your left and the Malvern Hills hotel on your right. Now, stretch your imagination a bit further and imagine that your passenger says, “Please would you drive up to the top of the Herefordshire Beacon.” Now you’re not driving your average olde worlde Mercedes, Audi, or Range Rover. It is the year 2050 and you are driving the very latest in modern technology. You are driving a Condor Car, and at the press of a button you can leave the ground and fly. You press the button and steer the car up away from the road towards the Beacon in a climbing turn. What freedom!
I have a lasting memory of being asked to fly a small plane up through a hole in the clouds using that same manoeuvre. It was a marvellous experience and taught me two particular lessons, a) the freedom you have when flying and b) its three-dimensional nature.
In the Old Testament there are people whose freedom was limited by the rigidity of their imagination. Moses stood in the desert and argued with God that he was not the one to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. He had no elasticity in his imagination to accept what God was saying. When he did a whole nation was set free. Naaman, commander of the King of Syria’s army, refused to go and wash in the Jordan so that he could be healed. He expected, he imagined something different something much grander than a wash. The freedom he experienced when he allowed himself to accept the unacceptable made him a new man.
St Paul persecuted the followers of Jesus because he couldn’t imagine Jesus as the Son of God. But look at the freedom that was released once he allowed his imagination to be stretched by God. The animosity stirred up by Martin Luther lay in the rigidity of thinking in the church. But again we stand amazed at what happened when Luther persisted in stretching the church’s thinking.
Being forced to stay at home we have been free to sit and think the unthinkable. We have discovered that life is three -dimensional and we really do have freedom to explore that. Yes, we have restrictions. There are restrictions when flying. The freedom of flying requires us overcome the constraints of gravity.
But now we have time to take a closer look at what we believe are our restrictions and check whether they are real or imaginary. So why not stretch your imagination again and think this time that it’s not 2050 but 2020, and it’s not a Condor Car that you’re controlling but your life and you’re setting a new course. It doesn’t need to be a major change in direction, just different. Who knows what freedom you might unleash? Happy landing!
To help stretch your imagination, here is the first part of the poem by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee.
He died in an air accident in 1941 Aged 19
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
A notable feature of the WHO database is that of the 36,500 studies to find a vaccine against the Covid 19 virus were published in English( the next most common language is Chinese with 1,800 studies) Of all the publications in the world distributing coronavirus research results, the two most prolific have been the British Medical Journal and The Lancet. For all the UK’s much discussed deficiencies in the political management of the pandemic, British science remains at the forefront of drug research, vaccine development and related studies ( there have only been 416 studies published in German and 405 in French) .That might be why Tyler Cowen an American economist, observed last week, without breaking into giggles, that “the Brits are on track to save the world” Cowen, who is rated as “one of the world’s top 100 thinkers”, noted that, “it is fine to lecture the British (and the Americans) for their poorly conceived messaging and public health measures. But it is interesting how few people lecture the Australians or South Koreans for not having a better biomedical research establishment. It is not yet clear that Britain’s scientists can produce a medical miracle—- but they are having a very good try
Let’s hear it for our British scientists.
A British company has developed a new technology which can reduce plastic cups, cartons, bottles and wrapper to a harmless sludge in less than a year. Puma will be the first company to introduce a new additive in the production of the 160 million plastic bags it uses each year. Biodegradable ice-cream wrappers, bread bags and fast food cups, straws and lids for household name brands are now undergoing testing in Grangemouth.
In the Church of England, size really does matter. The broadcaster and clergyman, Richard Cole says dog collars reveals a lot about the wearer (Well, what did you think I was talking about)
"The Clergy get very pernickety, the size of your Dog collar, the height of your Dog collar and what it is made from will be relentlessly judged by other clergy” The higher the collar, it seems, the more high church is the vicar.
If it is very high it is a face mask!!
Funny, I never noticed.
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It’s just two days to go until the BBC introduce their new scheme to charge people over 75 for their TV licence, unless you receive Pension Credit.
We wanted to update you about how to pay for your TV licence but sadly we haven’t been sent information about it by the BBC or TV Licensing. The main thing to remember is you do not need to pay for anything until you receive your letter from TV Licensing. These should land on your doorstep in August or September. We will let you know as soon as we know what the letter looks like so please keep an eye out for scams in the meantime.
We understand TV Licensing will update this page with more information on 1st August:
Lastly, now is the ideal time to check whether you might qualify for Pension Credit which not only gets you a free TV licence but would secure you thousands more pounds a year to top up your pension. I highly recommend checking our webpage or calling our helpline on 0800 169
As we are now in harvest time a few harvest recipes
3lb sparerib joint pork,
Set oven to 190◦ c, brush pork rind with oil
sprinkle with salt,
serve with redcurrant jelly.
1lb blackberries washed and destalked,
˝ pt water,
1 egg, separated,
1 tsp lemon juice,
1 oz. flour, cream and plain biscuits to serve.
Cook blackberries in a little water till soft, sieve
to a smooth puree, allow to cool.
Stir the lemon juice into the puree and add to mixture
2ND AUGUST 2020 8TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
We have made provisions so that everyone can feel
safe. E.g., sanitising gel and social distancing on the path and in the church.
If you have a copy of the Holy Communion service please bring it with you. There will be one available for you anyway. Please keep it & try to remember to bring it to the next Common Worship service of Holy Communion. Thank you
Eric will take his final service as your Chaplain on August 30th at 11.00 am.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is to take place on Monday 17th August in the church at 7.00 pm
If you want to read a Summary of the Open Conversations held in the Diocese a little over 12 months ago you can find it on the Internet at https://www.cofe-worcester.org.uk/about-us/ open-conversations
Lyttelton Well Opening Times
Cafe: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm
Bookshop: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm
This year is the 75th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki which we will commemorate in a short act of witness.
The annual Peace Vigil will take place in Great Malvern Priory Church grounds on Saturday 8th August at 12noon August 6th
Happy birthday Eric With many thanks .
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