Welcome to the Cley Hill Churches, a benefice of 2 parishes made up of 7 churches situated close to the ancient Hill Fort of Cley Hill and the town of Warminster in West Wiltshire . On our journey of faith we are learning together what it means to serve our communities and to live out God’s call for us to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and all your strength and to love your neighbour as yourself. ‘ It’s an exciting, challenging journey and we would love you to come and see what it’s all about. Whoever you are, and for whatever reason you are reading these words, may God bless you, surround you with his love, and bring you peace.
We live in crazy times do we not? At the time of writing Salisbury is the centre of world attention after the poisoning of an ex Russian spy and his daughter with a nerve agent. Images that could be from a space age movie are beamed into our sitting rooms as we watch the news with increasing unease; if something so, and I am searching for words here, so sinister, so outside of our control, can happen in Salisbury, then where in the world can we go to keep safe, where is normal life to be found with predictable rhythms and comfortable certainties? The response to the above is that we kid ourselves if we think we have everything under control; much of how we live our lives is an attempt to shield ourselves from the more difficult aspects of what it means to be human, as T.S Elliot said, ‘Human beings cannot bear very much reality’.
What has all this got to do with Easter? If you thought that the Christmas story was bonkers then the Easter one is even more bonkers quite frankly, with the hero’s grisly end on a cross and then three days later an audacious statement by his followers that he wasn’t dead after all. And to cap it all the laughable story that this weirdo then made several appearances, even, and here’s the killer, sharing a breakfast of fish and bread with his friends on the shores of Lake Galilee.......
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