Vanity of vanities- all is vanity.

I do not post sermons on here (I could say unless they are wild, cutting edge and amazing- but all of mine are; without exception….. I’ll just pause there whilst I watch feats of porcine aviation...). However, I am going to post something that I wrote for the ‘Village News’ in the place where I live.

The ‘Village News’ is a monthly church/community newsletter. ‘Clergy’ write a thought each time it comes out. I feel that often a lot of these articles are full of ‘insider’ language. I try to be true to the tradition and imagine I’m speaking to someone who might have a vague belief in God but is not sure who he/she/it is.

I have had a lot of reaction; positive- to this article. This has been mainly from people outside church. It suprised me that people would even comment ( that is genuine suprise by the way: not just an ‘aw shucks, it was nothing really. I am so humble’ comment).


‘Desert in the Oasis’

It is a tragedy: a once great national institution struggling for inspiration and riven with internal conflicts falling apart amidst great acrimony. I am talking, of course about Noel Gallagher leaving the rock group Oasis.  

In a world where untimely and preventable death happens to over 35,000 people a day it is a very minor thing; although last month it occupied more column inches, air time and bytes on the blogosphere than the deaths of those people.  

If you don’t know the story it involves the long running feud between the Gallagher brothers that finally became insurmountable. One response to it is easy: learn to forgive- as the song goes ‘All you need is love’ or as they sang ‘stand by me: nobody else knows the way it’s going to be’.  

Except it is not easy is it? When I conduct a funeral, I find that most of us have a relationship somewhere that has broken down and now will never be ‘fixed’. This has usually happened, as the prayer goes ‘through ignorance, weakness or our own deliberate fault’. Some things just seem hard to forgive.  

Every week I have to lead worship that includes the line. ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others’.  It invites me to weigh my grievances in the light of God’s way of dealing generously with me. It then offers me the chance to deal generously and live well with others.  

If Noel and Liam read the Hutton Rudby  newsletter, I am not sure what they would think of that, but if you would excuse me; I have to retire to a darkened room, light a candle, put on my copy of ‘Definitely Maybe’ and weep…