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“You’re gonna need a bigger boat!”…  “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!”… I’m sure many of you can tell me which iconic films these famous lines come from!? This summer one socially distanced thing we’ve enjoyed, for the first time, is drive-in movies. We’ve been to three, re-watching these two favourites, plus a sing-a-long screening of “Grease”

I wonder which famous lines you can quote, from films, books or famous speeches? Sometimes key phrases stick, especially if we’ve heard them many times. They can become mantras for us. 

Before training as a priest, I worked as an administrator for a large, busy church in central London. The Vicar’s a good friend and has some brilliant maxims. The church is in Pimlico, just down the road from Victoria station, and we’d get lots of people call, including many who are homeless. We tried to make time for everyone, make a cuppa and so on. However, this meant that on many days lots of the things on the to-do list didn’t get done. Sometimes that was exasperating, adding pressure to the next day. But one of Richard’s memorable lines spoke to me then, and continues to be an important guiding principle for me. He said, “interruptions are our business”

I wonder what phrases have stayed with and shaped you? As a Vicar you’d expect me to talk about words of Jesus; and certainly there are plenty of those which speak to me. However a phrase which brings me such hope, encouragement, strength, and reassurance, every day, is the ancient words of Moses. Not long before his death, he addressed the people of Israel, who he’d led for years. His words about God included this phrase, “The Lord your God goes with you, he will never leave you or forsake you”.

Now that’s a phrase to remember and place your hope in! God says, “I will never leave you or forsake you”

Rev'd Julia

Sept 2020


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