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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman

Dear Friends,

As we begin 2018 we may well be wondering what this new year might bring. For some people, who had a difficult time last year, they  will be looking to happier and more settled times,  while for others, they might already know of particular challenges and important milestones that they will have to  face up to in the year ahead.

I’ve never been one to make new year resolutions which are notoriously easy to break early on in January. But it may be worth reflecting on the past year and looking back to the Christmas holidays that have just taken place and recalling those special moments and rewarding times. Perhaps as we do so, we have been reminded of important people and significant things that we sadly neglect or overlook during most of the year.

A new year may prompt us to consider doing things a little differently in the days ahead; to own up to failings and missed opportunities in 2017. We might think about what we could do to enrich and strengthen the life of our local neighbourhood using what we have for the benefit of others in some way or another.

As we look to this new year, with all its potential challenges and opportunities, we might heed the words quoted by King George VI in his 1939 Christmas broadcast :

“ And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, ‘ Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown’

And he replied ‘ Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God . That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way”

Happy New Year!


Fr. Paul Seaman  (Rector of Pulborough)


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