St John's Church, Carlton-in-Lindrick

Your Kingdom Come

Letter from the Rector


In the August edition of the Parish News, in his ‘Letter from a Churchwarden’, Richard gave a heading of ‘A time for change, A time for looking forward, A time for love’.

As my family and I begin to settle into our new life here and we meet people and learn more about the area, it is most certainly a time of major change for us. We have been very impressed by the wonderful welcome we have received, the openness and generosity of everyone we have met within the community. We would like to thank all of those who have contributed in any way to our welcome and our ongoing integration within the community.

For some people change brings uncertainty and is looked upon with foreboding, for others it is something good and exciting. Change often brings with it friction and again different people will have their own opinion concerning this. However, friction in itself, is neither good nor bad. It is often how we deal with it that makes the difference. For example, a car or a bike needs friction, in order to move. Of course, friction can also cause a lot of damage and pain. When friction can be used constructively it can generate innovative ideas, bring new perspectives, help in the smooth transition from one position to another and help to move forward. 

We live in a rapidly changing world and of course not all change is for the good. Often as we look at the news headlines we could be forgiven for thinking it is all bad news. When I have difficulties finding the good news, I only need to look at the ‘Gospel’ the real ‘Good News’. Where we see that God’s love for us is unchanging, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.’ (John 3:16) Jesus said in John 10:10, ‘…I come that they may have life, and have it abundantly’. Maybe if we took more notice of this good news we could help our communities and the world change for the better.

I look forward to living here and to working together to meet the challenges we will face and the changes which we will make together. I pray that in doing so, we will change for the better together, to share God’s love, to live life abundantly and joyfully.

Rev Mark Orr