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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman

Dear Friends,

What a glorious Easter weekend we have all had with plenty of lovely weather to cheer us up and to give a taste of summer days ahead?!

For Christians, this is the most important celebration of the year when disciples of Jesus Christ celebrate His resurrection from the dead. This mysteriously wonderful event is at the heart of the Church's faith and life. Without this belief there would be no church or Christian faith.

It offers the believer hope when things seem hopeless, joy when all seems devoid of joy and the promise of new life when things seem to be coming to a natural end. Easter is a time that speaks of the power of love to change and transform; an experience that I trust we have all known or soon will know in the course of our lives.

It was during this celebration that we learnt of the shocking news of the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka in which over three hundred people were killed indiscriminately, many gathered together to mark the Easter festival. It is hard to understand what would drive anyone to commit such wicked acts, killing and maiming innocent men, women and very young children.
The power of love to transform our thinking and actions means we need to see every person as a brother or sister in the worldwide family of humanity. We have to see every other individual as a close family member. In every culture we have to value difference and diversity, seeing others as those from whom we might learn something of great value or significance.

The challenge for all of us is not to see those who are different as 'over and against us' but rather as those 'alongside us'. We have to be able to live much better together for all our sakes, respecting the beauty and richness of God's creation; valuing the precious resources therein, while honouring the dignity and uniqueness of every single person.

May you all know something of that love which has the potential to change and transform each one of us.

With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Paul Seaman  (Rector of Pulborough)


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