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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Rev, Cate's November Letter

          Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton 
01404 851401
Dear Friends,

I have to say a comment I heard from someone the other day, it was made in jest, was that, “lying seems to be fashionable”. It was made after a certain political debate on television which got a lot of publicity. But it did make me wonder, if it is ok for public figures to lie so openly when else do people lie.

What are lies? Is there a time and place for lies, we often talk about white lies, just little insignificant untruths to ease a situation;  when a loved one asks if a particular  part of their body looks big and in order not to upset them you might say “oh no”. But is that really helpful? 

I was always taught that little lies grow into big ones and I think that is often the case. The deliberate untruth can eventually turn around and bite you back.  Now no one is perfect and I expect at times we may all slip up, but it must be the intent behind the untruth which is the real cause for concern.  Why is it necessary to speak an untruth? Is it to cover up a mistake? We all know children will often do that when they are young before they learn to be honest. Or is it to make some form of profit for the person involved?  What then are the consequences? 

Truth and honesty are the essentials in any civilized society, so we look to those in public office to be an example, so it is often shocking when we see deliberate lies, but we too have to be careful that we are not being hypocritical ourselves. 

There are many references to truth in the Bible, in St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, written so long ago, he talks about the “belt of truth”, I think that’s a great image, not the belt holding something up or holding something in but the belt around the body which tightens with an untruth.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if that was the case in with public figures in debate, every time a lie was spoken the belt tightened, some might end up choking!  But it would also be helpful to us that every time an untruth fell from our lips or in our thoughts we were just given a little squeeze to correct ourselves. We all as responsible citizens do have to fight hard for the truth for in the words of Jesus “the truth will set you free”.

It’s worth pondering just for a moment on what truth is to you and let’s hope that that joke of lies being fashionable is just a joke.

Every blessing, Rev Cate

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Rev. Cate's Autumn Letter

                       Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton
01404 851401
Dear Friends,

This time of year in the church calendar is often referred to as Creationtide. It is the time of the year when we think about creation and particularly thank God for the glory of the world around us. In this part of the country we have do much to be grateful for; so much beautiful countryside to admire and enjoy. It is also a time for us to review how we look after Gods creation in the fullest sense. Are we good stewards of the earth? Are we caring for it for future generations? Are we exploiting it for our own purposes? 

These are all very weighty questions, how would you answer them?

You may say "well, I recycle when I can", you may feel "it's not my problem someone else can sort it" or you may be troubled by what is happening around you.

I can't include pictures easily into this letter but I can describe troubling scenes that I am sure we have all witnessed from time to time, the lay-by with a large pile of used and discarded broken wall tiles, the walk on a footpath only to find a old electrical appliance in the way, someone had to drive there so why not take them to the tip? What about  overflowing bins with additional bags of rubbish left beside, or as we walk our lanes the number of cans and empty packets we can see in the hedges, is this looking after our countryside? Then there are much larger issues that we see on a national level, our wasteful society where supermarkets throw out perfectly good food because it has reached its sell by date. I could go on.

We do however have to stop and take stock of what we are doing to our earth. I have witnessed at first hand in the South Pacific the effect of climate change on people and I have to say it stopped me in my tracks and has made me think much harder about my actions and how good I am at looking after my small part of the world because we all can contribute to caring for the earth. This time in the church’s calendar is helpful as a reminder, so just stop for a moment and think of what you can do to help preserve our world for generations to come, it’s our responsibility not someone else’s.

Every blessing, Rev Cate

PS If anyone would like to be confirmed please contact me.

PSS I have our Curate on placement with me at the moment so you will see Rev. Leisa around from time to time and I may be able to get her to write next month’s letter! 

Monday, 29 August 2016

Rev Cate's September Letter

                                                                                                                           Reverend Cate Edmonds

The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton
01404 851401
Dear Friends,

The sun is shining overhead, beautifully hot, the sky is bright blue but what do I see looming overhead, a dark cloud, oh no it's going to rain! I shall get cold, I haven't a coat or umbrella, panic, panic. I sigh, a cloud and rain to spoil my day. But does it? Within a few minutes the cloud has passed overhead and the sun shines and blue sky returns. Why did I worry, why did I fret? 

It's our typical response isn’t it? Something that could be unpleasant looms ahead and what do we do, panic, get depressed, give into negative feelings? We are all guilty of these feelings I am sure but what about looking at the cloud as an opportunity, a time to cool off, to water the garden. I suppose because we have such changeable weather we like to grumble about it constantly, rather than appreciating our changeable climate, but then what else would we have to talk about?

We automatically think of the looming cloud in a negative way, do we do that in other parts of our lives? When we see something that could be unpleasant or disturbing do we fall into panic or at least gloom? Sometime the unpleasant or disturbing thing may never happen, it may just pass us by and we worried about nothing. That I think is living our lives as if we were half empty glasses, looking at the negative rather than the positive. The looming cloud could be an opportunity to do something different, we could take advantage of the cloud and review what we're doing and perhaps look at something differently. That would be being positive and living as if our glass were half full.

We live in a world of much negativity and negativity leads to a loss of hope.

One of the key messages of Christianity is hope, hope that the dark clouds will pass by or the storm will so be over or if not hope that whatever the cloud brings there is always sunshine after the storm because the light of Jesus shines even into the darkest of places.

We have to be positive, we must see silver linings to clouds, we must be half full not half empty people if we are to ride the storms of our troubled world, giving into the clouds prevents us to see the sunshine. My prayer as the nights draw in is that we let the light of Jesus Christ illuminate the darkness of our world and give us hope of a world of peace to come. I wonder, is that what is meant by blue sky thinking?

Every blessing, Rev Cate

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Rev Cate's installation as Prebendary by Bishop Robert in Exeter Catherdral

Rev. Cate and Rev. Julian clashing colour wise with
Bishop Robert!

Rev. Cate with her family.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Rev. Cate's visit to Melanesia

Reception from the 4 religious Communities of Melanesia at Chester Rest House for the party from MMUK 12th April 2016

The Melanesian Mission UK Party comprising of The Right Reverend Mark Rylands, Bishop of Shrewsbury, The Venerable   Mike Gilbertson, Archdeacon of Chester and wife Jenny,  The Reverend Cate Edmonds, Katie Drew, Chief Executive of MMUK, Alex and Henry Leger, Topsham TV received an overwhelming welcome  of garlands, song and much handshaking.

 The party were visiting for enthronement of the new Archbishop George  Takeli, to visit and teach members of the religious communities and clergy and to explore life on the islands which have a close relationship with the Diocese. The 1st Bishop of Melanesia, John Patterson Melanesia coming from Feniton and his martyrdom being depicted on the pulpit of the cathedral.

The welcome set the tone for the whole of the visit which included the making of 3 films on; climate change, religious life, and the life of a child. More details to follow.

Rev Cate 

Monday, 2 May 2016

Rogation Sunday 1st May 2016

Rev. Cate unveiling the boundary stone placed to mark the 1061 boundary of Feniton Parish with Ottery St, Mary.

This Link to  Susie Bond,  our EDDC Councilor's Blog gives the background to this important day.

I hope we will now mark Rogation Sunday each year.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Rev. Cate's Easter Letter

Dear Friends,

I don’t know about you but I have been thrown by Easter being so early this year. People often wonder how Easter is calculated, it is based on  being the first Sunday after the spring equinox. As I expect you know there is debate about whether it would be better to fix Easter just as Christmas is fixed. This could put it out of line with the Jewish Passover which is a very  important religious, spring festival for the Jewish faith, beginning, I believe on the night of the full moon after the spring equinox. But also we would be even further out of line with the Eastern Christian traditions which celebrate Easter according to the Julian calendar and not the Gregorian calendar which we use. 

Does this really matter you may ask, well of course it depends on your thinking and whether you feel it is important for the Easter celebrations to be aligned with Passover. Sadly many people don’t care and often confuse Easter with a range of religious activities or even don’t relate it to a religious celebration at all. They think of it as time off work, of eating chocolate eggs and bunnies and a time for getting together as a family. None of which is wrong but it is sad to lose sight of the meaning of this very special and important time for Christians around the world. 

Easter doesn’t just stop after Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday it in fact is a season which will continue for 50 more days, no it’s not 50 more days to eat chocolate. In the church we celebrate the risen  Jesus walking, talking ,eating with his followers until he went up to heaven on what is called Ascension Day and then following that 10 days later we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit , the power of God with us. 
If we just think of Easter being a couple of days of holiday we are losing the meaning which for 2000 years has kept the Christian faith alive.  

The whole Easter season is a time to reflect specifically on God’s love brought to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you have a faith or not it is useful to spend time to focus on love, how we use it, how we share it, how we are loved? If you like as we are thinking of spring cleaning, it is a time to spring clean our love and see if we can improve the way we use it to help our communities and all those around us.

Every blessing, Rev Cate.
           Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory,
 Station Road, Feniton 
01404 851401