The next walk will be on Sunday 23rd October 2022. Meet at 1 pm at South Nutfield Village Hall. Everybody welcome whether you remember the Free Church or not. The route is a figure 8 so you can do part if you prefer. I will leave my mobile on this site on the day so you can track us down.
Today we remember Pentecost and the Queen’s Jubilee. At church this morning we remembered the Queen’s service for seventy years and how she has served God and people and has shown in her life the gifts of the Spirit: faithfulness, love, patience, kindness, self-control, modesty. peace, joy …’
I still have the cassette but not the T Shirt or stickers. This is another song from Come Together. Its easier to play on youtube than try to splice the broken cassette tape and find a cassette player that won’t chew up the tape. I enjoy the progressions of this one, the words Precious Jesus, the invocation to fill our hearts anew. One evening at the manse after a service at SNFC people laid on hands for us to be filled. It has never happened quite like that, but there have been times when a well of love and praise has welled up from inside. Not at my (our, your) choosing but in God’s good loving time.
For 5 years I worked in Bedford where John Bunyan lived and was imprisoned. There was a statue to him, and a museum, and a Bunyan Trail. I found the place where he was baptised and visited Elstow, the site of Vanity Fair and the wicket gate. I read both Pilgrims Progress, 1 and 2, and Grace Abounding. He thought himself the greatest sinner for thoughts he had. His life was a pilgrimage which he made into a book.
Life is like a pilgrimage. Each is on their own way. And sometimes there are companions for a while to journey on the way, which is why I remember South Nutfield so well, and my friends there. We have lost contact. I missed them a lot when I returned to faith in 2002. I still pray for them.
I attend a different church in a different town and have different friends. But I do this website and blog for old time. It may be backward looking, but I find in the past and my youth inspiration for the future.