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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

13 June 2018: Patsy Robinson, Petersfield Methodist Church

All things bright and beautiful...

Sometimes we mourn for an England that seems to have gone…
but I’ve recently seen, and want to pass on to you, the happy news that there still are winding country roads banked with celandines, periwinkle, stitchwort and campion.

Daisy-covered village greens watched over by cosy cottages and quiet pubs; enticing footpaths wandering off through buttercup-filled meadows down to hidden, chuckling streams. And in the hedgerows, butterflies and bees, a startled partridge, cheeky chaffinches and singing wrens. There’s still a soaring skylark and a mewing bird of prey; beneath them, scuttling rabbits, sturdy cows and bright-eyed bouncing lambs.

There’s new-sprung wheat rippling in the wind, and shady bluebell woods. While all around, as far as the eye can see, the sheltering age-old hills. In England – now!

He gave us eyes to see them and lips that we might tell, how great is God Almighty who has made all things well.

And best of all is - God is with us; Jesus, author of life, is alive! His Spirit, comforter, counsellor, challenger, living deep in us today.

St Peter's are holding a Flower Festival from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 June - this also incorporates a PACT Prayer Day

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