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News from St. Mary's, Tilston and St. Edith's, Shocklach - July 2024

There are many things that you might consider important in life – good health, a fulfilling job, financial security – to name just a few. But perhaps at the top of the list comes friendship, including friendship with family. It is reassuring to have someone to walk with us through life, not simply in the bad times, sharing our pain, but also in the good times, sharing our joy; and let us not forget the simple things in life, which are enhanced when the pleasure is shared.
The Bible has many things to say about friendship. The Old Testament book of Proverbs is particularly good at giving us one-liner statements about what a good friend, or a bad friend, is like. Try giving the book a read.
St. Paul, in writing to the church in Thessalonica, hits the nail on the head when he writes about encouraging our friends (see Bible quote below, ironically the Vision Statement of Tilston School).
But perhaps the writer of John’s Gospel gives us the most profound statement about sincere and committed friendship, when he states that a true friend will do anything for us (again see quote below).
Why not join us for our Rush-bearing Services, coming up in August, when we remember friends, including family, who have been temporarily separated from us by death, and say thank God for their friendship.
God bless,
Tim and Norma

Published 24/05/2024

1 Thessalonians 5: 11 and John 15: 13
“1 Thessalonians 5: 11 ‘Therefore encourage one another and build one another up.’ John 15: 13 ‘Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.’ “