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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman

Dear Friends,

March is here and the winter is behind us! However, we know from experience that this doesn't guarantee good weather but hopefully we can look forward to some lovely spring days. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to those here in Pulborough and in other parts of the country who are still dealing with the effects of recent flooding.

The 1st March is the first Sunday in the season of Lent and this whole month forms part of the build up to Easter, as a priest, it is hard for me, not to say something that relates to this time of the year. Lent is an important time for many Christians, although now, no longer observed by many outside the Church. What a pity we don't mark these significant times of the year as a wider community as, for example, the Muslim community observe Ramadan so faithfully!

Among other things, Lent is a good time for self-reflection, as none of us are the best that we could be. During this period we are invited to look at ourselves and be more aware of how we relate to others. All our relationships are central to our sense of self-identity and our source of happiness and contentment, so perhaps we might consider how much we appreciate those with whom we share our lives?

As we prepare for Easter, Christians consider what we might refrain from and what we might take up to enrich and strengthen our relationship with the Lord and with each other. Some examples might help us all as we:

- fast from complaining and feast on appreciation

- fast from negatives and feast on affirmatives
- fast from bitterness and feast on forgiveness
- fast from discontent and feast on gratitude
- fast from suspicion and feast on truth
- fast from judging others and feast of the Christ within them

I am sure you could add a few more!

May God bless us all as we strive to be the best we can be!

With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Paul Seaman  (Rector of Pulborough)


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