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The parish of

Kings Norton

Part of the Church of England

December 2011

Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep.” So St Paul instructs his friends in the church (Romans 12.15). It sounds just right for us as we move from the solemnities of Remembrance through St Nicolastide and Advent to Christmas. A time for weeping; a time for rejoicing. What else is a parish church for but to be a safe place for the sharing of joy and the bearing of sorrow, and to live and proclaim that Christ Crucified and Risen is present in both to bring God’s life and hope, whether we are in darkness or light?

Here in Kings Norton and in every place, God in Christ is present. And it happens today in Bethlehem and two miles away in the little town of Beit Jala, where St Nicolas lived and worked for four years.

A friend of mine has just returned from three months as an Ecumenical Accompanier on that battered front line between Israel and Palestine, where Bethlehem and Beit Jala now sit. They go as committed observers (see www.eappi.org) on the basis of ‘principled impartiality’...

Read more in From the Rector.

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