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From Fr. Bernard
This is the last thing I will do before I go officially 'on leave' (at least, I hope so!). I am about to be away for a week, until next Sunday (the 1st) when I will see you on All Saints' Day. In the meantime, there are various bits of news I need to give you.
Firstly, news of my family. My mother is in hospital. She is waiting for an operation to replace a heart valve. This should happen fairly soon, we hope. In the meantime she is waiting for a bed in the right hospital to become available, feeling better than she did, reading Moby Dick, and getting rather bored! I have put her on the prayer list on the Cross and Crown. My father has found this upheaval upsetting, and of course, we have needed to find a significant care input for him as a matter of some urgency. I hope this is now mostly in place, though some tweaking is still required. But things are on an even keel I think, for the time being. Thank you for all your prayers.
I was always going to be on leave this week. This means that there will be no services in Church between Monday and Saturday I'm afraid. But the services tomorrow are being shared between Wyn Jones and Steve Davies. Please support them! AND REMEMBER: THE CLOCKS GO BACK TONIGHT!!
Next week I intend to swear in our new Churchwardens at the 10 am Eucharist. Please support Nick and Steve in your prayers: I am very grateful to them for offering themselves as Wardens for this year, and to all those who have stood for the PCC and Deanery Synod. Thank you also to all those who have retired from posts, especially Kate, who has been a tireless Churchwarden!
Also next week, we have the Bereavement Service at 3 pm, and on Monday the 2nd there will be Requiem Eucharists for All Souls' Day: please send names of the departed for All Souls direct to me by email on email@example.com.
Lastly, I attach, not just this week's Cross and Crown, but also a Remembrance Poster created by Bedfordshire Churches Together, which you may find useful. The Acts of Remembrance at the War Memorials in Leighton and Linslade are going to be crowd-controlled and live streamed. We are encouraged to watch on the Town Council website, rather than attend in person. But there will be a laying of wreaths in Linslade at 12 noon on Sunday the 8th (as well as in Church as usual), and the importance of remembering the departed, both soldiers and everyone else, seems magnified this year. We are being forcefully reminded of all that unites us as human beings, in the midst of our current troubles. We share the same hopes and dreams, and the same frailties and mortalities, and the same loving heavenly Father, who enfolds us all in His arms.
have a good week,
with love and prayers