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Peter Sutton

Pastoral Letter

Dear Friends, 

Firstly, I would like to thank you for the wonderful welcome Family Sutton received at the ordination/induction service on 1st June. Your kindness, generosity and prayers were greatly appreciated and meant so much to me at the start of my ministry. 

With my former Headmaster's hat on I would like to set us all a little bit of summer holiday homework. Do remember that the word holiday derived from 'Holy Day' and this will give you a clue as to what I am looking for. 

Norman Drummond who 'preached me in' set us all the challenge on Pentecost Sunday to be bold, brave and broad as we move forward. This is a great Trinity of Bs. But I think there is room for one more B and that is to be a beaming church too. 

I took up Norman's challenge in my sermon on Trinity Sunday. Along with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit there is room for one more in this dynamic relationship and that is you and me. There are spaces we can all fill in St Cuthbert's with our own ideas and talents. 

Masaccio's Fresco, that I shared with you on that Sunday, was all about the new space around the Trinity. Yes the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit are all there but the exciting thing is the fact that we are all welcomed into the space around These Three Persons. 

This new space, that so excited the first viewers of the fresco over 600 years ago as they saw Three Dimensional space in a picture for the first time, needs to excite us again today. This space is created anew for us each day and we must fill it or we will lose it. 

So what to do? 

Please make a list of your 'three givens' - these are the things you think we already do well at St Cuthbert's, and I have seen fine examples of these over the last few weeks. 

Then add something extra - the thing that you think we need to be a beaming church. The thing, or rather the space, that you feel still needs to be filled. 

You can see the fresco by Masaccio HERE to inspire you in your thoughts 

You will find a copy of this on a flier in the newsletter with details of how to submit your returns. Please do not see it as an onerous task but rather delight in what you enjoy about St Cuthbert's ; this in turn will help you to be bold, brave and broad in deciding what more you would like to see. 

In the Autumn, I will collate all the returns and the aim is to have a Congregational Gathering one evening in October when we can enjoy each other's fellowship and the 'beaming smiles' on the faces of our neighbours sitting around us at our tables. Most importantly, we will share our hopes, our dreams and our prayers for St Cuthbert's. 

God Bless and have a lovely festival summer 

peter sutton
Parish Minister

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