A message from Rev. Reuben in May...

Welcome to the May!

Celebrating Eastertide is usually a great joy. But this year our Easter morning celebration was filled with an horizon of horror after the bombings in Sri Lanka.  Our Primus Bishop Mark sent out the following message to all clergy this last week…

“Following the horrific attacks in Sri Lanka and the immediate responses that many of us made both on Social Media and during our Easter sermons and intercessions, I have continued to listen as the death toll has risen and the fear of the local people has been shown by the television reporting.

“The authorities are still not able to say the attacks are over and as people begin to bury their dead the fear of simply attending the church is palpable. I would ask that as many of our churches as possible gather to say prayers for the people of Shri Lanka, the families around the world effected by this attack and for those attempting bring peace and security to the people.

“I thought that if possible we could gather around our paschal candles, symbols of the resurrection, on Sunday at the end of worship and offer the prayers of all our people for the people of Shri Lanka and for the many others who lost loved ones on Easter Day.

“Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

“O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”

Mark, Primus

May you receive the joy and peace of the Risen Christ this Eastertide.


Rev’d Reuben Preston – Rector

rector@SECSJohnStMargaret.org.uk