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Letter from the Vicar (September 2018)

Dear friends,

NEW BEGINNINGS September is always seen as a time of new beginnings. Holidays are over and the summer begins to draw to an end as we look forward to Harvest and the autumn.. The start of a new term beckons. Children starting school for the first time; moving from one school to the next or beginning the final leg of the educational process, leaving home and heading off to university for the Michaelmas term.

Michaelmas, or the Feast of Michael and All Angels, is celebrated on the 29th of September every year.  It used to be said that harvest had to be completed by Michaelmas, almost like the marking of the end of the productive season and the beginning of the new cycle of farming. It was the time at which new servants were hired or land was exchanged and debts were paid, and so Michaelmas came to be the time for electing magistrates and also the beginning of legal and university terms.

St Michael is one of the principal angelic warriors, protector against the dark of the night and the Archangel who fought against Satan and his evil angels (Revelation 12:7-9). As the season of Michaelmas is the time that the darker nights come upon us, it is associated with encouraging protection during these dark months. Michaelmas marks the start of change and you will be aware that I have mentioned change a lot in my recent letters in this magazine.

Although we are in the early stages of making significant changes at Holy Trinity, the PCC have realised that after our training day with the Archdeacon of Dorset earlier in the year we need to start that NOW, we need to start planning NOW as we look forward to the future.  Thus we have created a new post for a Musical Director at Holy Trinity church who will not only oversee the training and building up of the choir, but who will be instrumental in planning music events and concerts for the church and building bridges with the musical and artistic community of Weymouth and beyond. We hope to make an announcement as to who will fill this new role shortly. This new role has been offered to Derek Griffin our present ‘unofficial’ Director of music, but as this new role is different and will involve new and more focused work on planning events and a great deal more time he has indicated that he would not be able to take on this

Yours sincerely,

Revd Canon Andrew Gough

September 2018

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Thought for the Week 16th September 2018

In today’s gospel Peter recognises and publically proclaims that Jesus is more than a prophet, that he is the Messiah and Son of God. However, when Jesus points out that this Messiah must suffer and die, Peter thunders in to correct such nonsense. A God who would suffer and die for others sounds outlandish. Jesus would have to conform to what Peter would like God to be powerful, in control, respectable and generally regarded as successful. Peter had glimpsed the incarnate God whose free choice of each of us to share in his loving acceptance and in his unconditional forgiveness is a wonder beyond our wildest imaginations.

Canon Andrew

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