God’s law is just, it demands careful observation, and it is the key to life on earth. It is not a matter of clinging to what is human tradition but rather of practising justice: “He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.”
The Pharisees misunderstood what the law was truly about,
or as Isaiah foretold, “they teach human regulations as dogmas .” They became obsessed with minor details such as the scrupulous washing hands cups, jugs and kettles.
James, on the other hand, understood the meaning of the law of God, and he provides us with a pointed definition:
“Looking after orphans and widows in their distress and keeping oneself unspotted by the world make for pure worship without stain before our God and Father.”
Two of our parishioners - Joe and Nicola Chiappa are taking part in a Charity Banger Rally in September from the Manchester Ship Canal to the Grand Canal Venice - driving through 8 counties in 5 days, raising funds with their colleagues from Rotary for three excellent charities, two of which are particularly dear to local hearts: St Rocco's Hospice, St Joseph's Family Centre and End Polio Now.
With their departure now only days ahead Nicola and Joe were joined by parishioners, friends and supporters for a fund raising coffee morning and service of blessing which raised an additional £350 for the charities they are supporting.
All the faithful departed and all those living with or recovering from illness or undergoing medical treatment including: Eileen Allen, Vera Allen, Norma Andrew, Marc Bailey, Mary Birks, Ken Boyes, Amanda Bradbury, Vera Bradbury, Archie Brocklehurst, Liz Carroll, Ethan Connolly, Margaret Cripps, Marian Cullen, Josie & John Daintith, John Daniels, Nadine Davies, Monica Dixon, Jimmy Evans, Laurie Finn, Pat Fisher, Teresa & John Glover, Jamie Graham, Joan Grant, Tom Hopkins, Mary Howard, Graham Hutson, Joan Johnson, Lilly Kelly, Wendy Kirkpatrick, Fulvia Large, Esther Lloyd Jones, Renaldo Marcella, Abigail McNicholas, Eileen Moyse, Joan Murray, Ron Norman, James O’Hara, May O’Rourke, Mary Pajak, Charles Pendry, Margaret Pickup, Tony Potter, Fionuala Price, David Prince, Margaret Quinn, Christine Rowe, Shelley Scott, Tommy Sharkey, Darcie Sharp, Marian Shaw, Fred Simpson, Tom & Hazel Sudell, Michael Swift, Ronnie Thompson, Howard Tomlinson, Pam Traynor, Cecily Waite, Rose Walsh, Ben Watson, Ann Weiss, Margaret Wightman, John Williams & Colin Wright.