We are updating our website design to improve the experience on our site.

It's here! July Columm Inches

It's here! July Columm Inches
Published on Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:23
Vicar's Blog

Dear all

I'm grateful to Eleanor for this photo, plus the others she took at Sunday's memorable service. We're looking forward to next Sunday, when the Bishop of Kingston will be preaching. 

July's Column Inches is here!  Liz Clarson the Editor says "I think it's got some powerful contributions this month, informed by Black Lives matter, including of course Shanon's very thought provoking article, David and Glenn singing Amazing Grace alongside Barack Obama (!) and Faye's moving testimony and poem." Do read it. 

Tonight's Rule of Life evening will be reflecting the connection between worship and our daily lives. 6pm. The Zoom link is here. All welcome, if you're not going to Face to Faith for which joining details are available from Lisa. 

St John's is very involved with the South Bank and Waterloo Neighbourhood - SoWN. The first revamped South Bank and Waterloo Forum is tomorrow evening at 6.30, chaired by our MP Florence Eshalomi. It will include an important item on the local COVID recovery plan and lots about this area from members of SOWN. Joining details & the agenda are here.  

See you at one of these, perhaps! 

Finally: last year, for Shanon and my civil partnership, the congregation very kindly gave us a lily plant. This morning it came into flower, and that put me in mind of this poem... 

Morning Poem by Mary Oliver

Every morning

the world

is created.

Under the orange

sticks of the sun

the heaped

ashes of the night

turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches ---

and the ponds appear

like black cloth

on which are painted islands

of summer lilies.

If it is your nature

to be happy

you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination

alighting everywhere.

And if your spirit

carries within it

the thorn

that is heavier than lead ---

if it's all you can do

to keep on trudging ---

there is still

somewhere deep within you

a beast shouting that the earth

is exactly what it wanted ---

each pond with its blazing lilies

is a prayer heard and answered


every morning,

whether or not

you have ever dared to be happy,

whether or not

you have ever dared to pray.

With my love, as ever, 


Image credits: