There is a story once told by the late Archbishop Anthony Bloom, a former Orthodox bishop, writer, spiritual director and leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Britain, of a peasant farmer in rural France who used to go into his local church and remain there for hours on end. The local priest had noticed this and one day asked the farmer what he did in church for such a long time. The farmer simply replied: ‘I looks at Him, and He looks at me.’ Here was the farmer making use of the local church, a sacred space, where he could contemplate God in the silence of the church.
All Saints has recently taken the decision to have the church open 7days a week from approximately 9 in the morning until 5 in the evening. In the month since the church has been open, we have been amazed at the number of people who have visited the church, people from the village and further afield such as the United States and the Czech Republic. We know that the open church has been warmly welcomed by people in the village and much appreciated by those who have travelled from afar.
The reasons people are visiting the church are many and varied - people who have been married in the church, people who have a family connection with the church and village, people who are interested in the history of the church, and especially the tomb of Edmund of Langley. There are others who simply want to enter the church to be still, to pray, and who sense it has been a sacred space for over 800 years and wish to soak up the prayerfulness of an ancient building such as All Saints.
Why not pop into the church and spend some time exploring the building and maybe even give a few minutes, or more, to look at Him and allow Him to look at you.
The Revd Canon David Lawson
Christian Aid Prayers:
Please pray for South Africa
Tuesday 18 July is Nelson Mandela Day. Give thanks for Mandela’s inspirational legacy. Please pray for South Africa today and the challenges of inequality that it still faces. Pray for the Christian Aid South Africa country manager, Julie Meighan, and for Gerhard Buttner who is covering her maternity leave. Pray for effective joint work with ACT Alliance partners in South Africa, that together they can address challenges of evictions, inadequate shelter and housing, lack of clean water, sanitation or electricity, and land grabbing.
God Bless Africa, Guard her children, Guide her leaders, And give her peace, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
Christian Aid Week House to House: Final Totals
We are very pleased to announce that with the bulk of the envelopes now in the total is £4,857 compared with £4,622 last year, an increase of 5%. We collected 879 envelopes, and 56% of the money raised was gift aided. We are so grateful to everyone who helped with this throughout our churches. We give thanks to God for his blessing on this week and pray now for those who have the responsibility to decide how best to use it to support the poor in our world.
Read the Summer 2017 Campaign Update from our Christian Aid Committee.
The Kings Langley Christian Aid Annual Report for 2016 is available for download.