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This is a "now and then" time

Rev Rob Anning, Superintendent Minister, writes:

Rev'd Canon David Adams, former Vicar of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, writing in his 2009 book about his time on Holy Island, describes the island as a "Now and Then Place".

He means this in at least two ways: First, twice a day what is clearly an island becomes connected to the mainland as the tide recedes. This provides the opportunity for visitors to make their way to this lovely, special place across the causeway. But secondly, and more importantly, his description of the island as a "now and then place" describes precisely what you find when you visit. You are there in the present, you are part of the present, and yet you can't avoid the past, the "then place" which has made the island just what it is.

When you arrive on Holy Island you are joining with hundreds of people throughout history who have lived on Holy Island; perhaps the most notable are St Aidan and St Cuthbert. And you become both part of the present, and almost immediately, a part of the past.

As Rev Dorothy Hewitson and myself prepare to leave Banbury Circuit, we are both acutely aware that we have been a part of the "now", but our "now time" is quickly running out. From September 1, we are both history here, and will have to come to terms with being in the "then time".

For us, life continues in different places where we feel that God will have something new for us to do. Then, at least for a time, we will again step into "now time". Meanwhile, you all here in Banbury Circuit will welcome Rev Lin Francis, coming from Brighton to be your new Superintendent Minister. I hope you will give her the same support and encouragement you have given to both Dorothy and myself as Lin steps into your "now time".

But regardless of which "time" we all stand in, whether it is "now time" or "then time" we have to remember that the God we worship and serve is outside of time, and therefore remains our God of all time, always present, always supporting, always providing, always caring.

That has been my experience of God over the five years here in Banbury, and indeed, during the twenty-five years of ministry from which I am about to retire. The thought of a God who lives outside of time and yet can step into our time through Jesus, is an amazing thought, an intriguing thought, and also a thought which stretches our mere imaginations. But I am certain it is true.

That is why the Apostle Paul, writing in his letter to the Romans, chapter 8, says: "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord".


Marlborough Road -

Every Thursday 10.00 am Coffee Morning and 11.00 Circuit Communion

Hornton -

Every Friday 10.30 - 12.00

Hinton -

1st Saturday of the month 10.00 - 12.00


List of books in the Circuit Library, kept in the Marlborough Road vestry.