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Dear Friends, “I want to break free.” Those of us of a certain age will remember that line being sung in 1984 by Freddie Mercury, the Queen lead vocalist. And quite possibly the words scratched where you itched – maybe they still do? No one likes the idea of being trapped and bound by other…

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Dear Friends, It seems that not only does the autumn bring cooler weather and shorter days, it also brings a flurry of celebrity programmes on television. Celebrity Big Brother was launched a few weeks ago and the BBC has started to drip feed announcements of who will be taking part in this year’s Strictly Come…

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Dear Friends, Please plan to come to Padiham Praise in the Park on Sunday 24th June from 3pm until 5pm. This is an alternative event to the annual Walking Day and will take place at the bandstand in Padiham Memorial Park. The Goodshaw Band will be with us and the programme will start with and…

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Dear Friends, As I return from sabbatical I feel that the first thing I should do in my letter is express words of sympathy to those who’ve lost loved ones in recent months. We’re all conscious that it has been a sad time for so many. In Psalm 71 verse 3 we read this heart-felt…

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Dear friends, Often in life we talk about hope. We ‘hope’ for a change in our circumstances, we ‘hope’ for a new car, we ‘hope’ Burnley FC will win, and when we use this language of ‘hope’ we know what we mean. We mean, much as we do when we say ‘we hope the weather…

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Dear friends, For many of us life is tough. In the last few months, we have witnessed much that is wrong with the world. We have witnessed school shootings in the United States; a potential nuclear stand-off between the U.S. and North Korea; the unveiling of abuse in Hollywood, Westminster, and amongst charity workers from…

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Dear Friends, As you will hopefully know by now, Mark (our Vicar) is currently on sabbatical and has therefore switched his focus from serving our parish to study (for more information please see the November Magazine). As a result many of Mark (and Isabel’s) duties have been taken up by other people. Many people are…

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Text for 2018 Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:24) Dear Friends, Mike and I, and Natalie and Isabel, would like to send…

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Dear Friends, Once again I find myself deeply disappointed by the Church of England’s leadership. During November a 50 page document entitled, “Valuing All God’s Children” was published by our denomination’s Education Office. The sub-heading of the booklet goes on to explain that it contains, “Guidance for Church of England schools on challenging homophobic, biphobic…

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Dear Friends, The Bishop of Blackburn has kindly given me permission to take a sabbatical at the beginning of 2018. This is an opportunity to take a break from the busyness of parish life and do some further study. My focus is going to be on ‘Recent developments in Evangelical Liturgy and Hymnody.’ It’s great…

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