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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, 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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Dear Friends, 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation On 31st October 1517 a monk named Martin Luther nailed a document to the door of the Castle Church in the small German town of Wittenberg. On the face of it there was nothing groundbreaking in this; it was standard practice for academics and theologians to suggest…

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Dear Friends, Canon Jim Duxbury (1933 – 2017) Jim was my immediate predecessor as Vicar of Padiham and died on 11 July 2017 aged 84 years. Following retirement in 2001 he and Patricia made their home in Clitheroe. Jim’s funeral was held at the Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene on 20th July. The service…

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Dear Friends, First of all I need to report the result of the PCC’s consideration of a resolution regarding the ministry of female bishops and priests. The following was passed by the PCC on 15th June 2017: “The members of Padiham Parish PCC request that on grounds of either theological conviction, or for some, the…

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Dear Friends, I’ve been invited to speak at a week-long Bible convention in Kenya at the beginning of September.  The event is being held in Kwale Archdeaconry in the Anglican Diocese of Mombasa which is in the east of the country.  Primarily the convention is aimed at clergy, readers and other church leaders.  The event…

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Dear Friends,   At this year’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting in April I took the opportunity to explain the current situation in the Church of England regarding women Bishops and Priests.  If you weren’t able to be present at the meeting I’d like to offer a summary of what I said.  Also can I encourage…

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