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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman
 

Dear Friends,

At the time of writing the opening match of the World Cup for England has just been played and a win was secured against Tunisia. It was really uplifting for all the England players and fans, with a renewed hope for what the team might achieve as the tournament progresses. It was also moving to see the effect of loosing the match on the faces of the Tunisian players and fans.
                   
In these summer months there are many sporting events taking place, including our own Duck Race which has been re-introduced after a good number of years of not happening. This is a great way to get us together as a village community alongside others in the locality.

Sport, like music and the arts, helps draw together people of varying backgrounds and outlooks, sometimes in an atmosphere of good healthy competition. In these events we usually participate to win, but hopefully the mere act of participation will bring about many benefits for all involved.

It is right to have pride in our national or local team and to give our support to their efforts to win through. However, it is also important to have a healthy respect for those with whom we are in competition. We should be prepared to give credit and applause to our competitors and those who differ from us when it is deserved and rightly won.

It sometimes feels as if we are expected to be critical of other people's performance and achievements, looking to undermine other people's successes in order to boost our own image or efforts. In the Christian life we are encouraged to “rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn..” (Rom Ch 12 v.15)  In other words, to put ourselves where others are, whoever they may be, in order to give support and comfort wherever it is needed.

So, as well as learning to be good winners, we also need to learn to be good losers! In the meantime 'Come on England!' I wonder where the team will be when you read this letter?

 

With prayers and blessing to you all

Fr. Paul Seaman  (Rector of Pulborough)


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