St Peter & St Paul's Newsletter - July – August 2024

Letter from Revd Helen Burnett.

“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

Genesis 8 v 22

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Dr Martin Luther King

By the time you receive this summer newsletter the polling stations will have closed and counting will have begun. As we look on from the sidelines watching the rise and fall of political careers it is good to keep a perspective on life that is grounded in God’s deep time and in the example of a servant king.

Our verse from Genesis reminds us of God’s deep time but it is sobering to note that the seasons and the changes in weather will not cease while the earth endures……how long the earth endures, and what endures with it, is a source of existential concern. Already we see the catastrophic effects of human made climate change in increasingly frequent extreme weather events and in increasingly frequent failed harvests.

The second quote speaks to the heart of servant leadership. Dr. King believed that the measure of a person’s greatness is not found in their personal achievements or material possessions, but in their willingness to serve others. True leadership, according to Dr. King, is not about having power or authority, but about using that power and authority to uplift and empower others. It is a reminder that each of us has a responsibility to contribute to the well-being of our communities and the world.

Although none of us will be entering parliament this summer each one of us has the opportunity, daily, to serve others. We the people with our daily actions can be the ‘super majority’ that may or may not emerge on July 5th. We can daily be the people of God who in our communities show love and integrity and compassion. When the world feels out of control and when those with power fail to work for the common good, we can still be the light in the darkness as we seek to build God’s kingdom in our little corner of the world.