Airevale United Reformed Churches

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July 2013

We have just emerged from one of the coldest Springs on record and nature is recovering remarkably well. We now look forward to some warm and sunny days and we hope that God is going to bless us with a bumper harvest. We must also count our blessings that we live in a green and fertile land; there are many lands where it is hard to survive and there are many of God’s children struggling to exist.

The time has come for us as a nation to forget our internal struggles, ignore the prophets of doom in the media, forget the propaganda spouted by politicians and focus our energies on being good neighbours.

If we help one another and share our talents, care for each other and treat everybody as we would have them treat us, then we will be a more peaceful and happy nation. God loves us all and his intention was that we should all live in peace and harmony and share all things equally. If we are to obey the commandment of Jesus that we are to love one another as He has loved us, then we must take steps to cure poverty. If we can promise that it is every child’s right to have enough food and water and love to grow on, then we will produce a world worth living in.

May God bless you all.

John P.

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June 2013


Fact 1 As each goose flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the other birds to follow and by flying in V-formation, the whole flock add a 71% increase to its flying range.

Lesson 1 If we share a common goal or direction and a sense of community we can get where we want to be quicker and easier as we travel with the support of one another.

Fact 2 When the lead goose tires, it rotates to the back in the formation and another goose flies to point position.

Lesson 2 It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, we are interdependent on each other’s skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts and talents.

Fact 3 Geese flying in formation “honk” to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Lesson 3 We need to ensure that any “honking” we do is encouraging. The power and benefit of encouragement cannot be underestimated when we are working towards a common goal.

Fact 4 When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two other geese drop out of the group formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is able to fly again. They then launch out together and catch up with the flock.

Lesson 4 If we have as much sense of social responsibility as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are doing well.

I am sure there are many other lessons we can learn from nature.

Maybe each time we see a flock of geese or hear their call, it will remind us of what WE could or should be doing and that positive support and encouragement when needed is far more valuable than corrective direction or judgement.