END OF YEAR REVIEW: 2015

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I just wanted to take a moment to let you all appreciate something… I see many here say “I have no one” during the holidays…yes…they ACTUALLY say that….

 

Let me lay some facts on the table for those who think they are ‘alone’ in my parish:

Did you know the proportion of churches (according to the Church of England Census)  per individuals is now one church to 1,340 people; the size of the average Sunday congregation, however, is 84….we are now 2,301 members in my parish…

Some actually listen to haters and say “But they say it is not a REAL church” and “Animals don’t have souls”….you know the routine…well.. I wish to refute.

“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:18-20

So…THAT is out of the window….

I am but ONE cleric, and yet I am there for any number of those who come to my simple office for them. I spend whatever amount of time is needed for them, I put no restrictions on ‘schedule’…

So…let me put this in a light you will understand: God works 24/7/365…. I am but human, and therefore must sleep, eat, etc…and yet I am always there when asked for or needed.

This means no matter what time zone you are in…what your home life is (alone, married, or in a committed relationship) and no matter WHAT your social function/malfunction is, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

So…let us put the old theory to the test, shall we?

I have already filled FOUR VOLUMES OF BOOKS with prayers of every sort..deaths, births, sickness, depression, you name it…this means that OBVIOUSLY I am doing SOMETHING for those who come to me..which means YOU have someone you can go to when you need it. ERGO: YOU ARE NEVER ALONE.

The fact that we have a larger parish online than a rather LARGE chunk of other ‘organized’churches have in their pews, and that you have an almost 24 hour a day 7 day a week access to your cleric means that WE ARE NOT ALONE TOGETHER.

Face it…you have a family…one who cares enough to be there for you…is there when you need them to be…and always makes things better rather than worse…

So…the point is: You HAVE a family, ME (and 2300 OTHER family members)…so, why not see the brighter side and realize that even though you may not have friends who live nearby (even though MANY of you found out you DO, because Flat Friar’s journey connected A LOT of people who lived nearby but did not know lived THERE), or family nearby (but ONLINE family) you are NEVER alone unless you need to be.

I care for each and every one of you as if you were the ONLY one here.

So at this, the end of the year, I hereby renew my vows.

To help all who come to me for help.

To comfort those in Grief.

To help those seeking their faith (WHATEVER THEIR FAITH MAY BE) find their faith.

And finally…

To aid those of ANY faith regardless of what faith they are, should they just simply need a friend to talk to or to keep loneliness at bay.

I have the honour  to remain your faithful and loyal cleric, friend, and confidante:

Fra. J.L. Wallace.

 

READING OF THE DAY: 31 DECEMBER, 2015

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.

All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be.

What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

A man named John was sent from God.

He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.

He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him.

He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.

John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.'”

From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

No one has ever seen God.

The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.” – John 1:1-18.