Parish Letter

The Parish of St Peter & St Mary New Fishbourne
and the Parish of St Mary the Virgin Apuldram

The Revd Canon Moira Wickens
Rector of Fishbourne and Priest in Charge of Apuldram
The Rectory, 31 Caspian Close, Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 8AY
Rectory Tel (01243) 530198 Church Office (01243) 784283 E-mail

October 2018

Awesome Autumn
1.As summer ends and autumn comes
Days get shorter, misty and cold
And in this spectacular season
Nature’s beauty graciously unfold.
2.Trees get ready to slow down
And in autumn take some rest
And show amazing colours of love
That are all at their best
3.Green fades away quickly
And yellow and orange appear
To show off their vibrant hues
And warm-up their surrounding dear
4.Sunlight and cool nights of autumn
Help leaves to turn orangey red
And combine all things smoothly
To add magic in season’s lovely bed
5.And all this shedding and replacement
Of leaves continue throughout the year
And trees only shed leaves in autumn,
To prepare for another winter dear
6.This is God’s spectacular display
Of beautiful colours of the fall
During which many changes occur
Including yellow, orange, red and all.

This poem written by Seema Chowdhury sums up for me the wonder of this autumn season. A few months of the year when the created world seems on one hand to take a rest while giving us all a glimpse of God’s immense glory. One of the most uplifting things for me at this time of year is to drive along country lanes under a canopy of tree branches which are displaying so many colours in their leaves.
And I am reminded that God’s creative work is forever ongoing. I am also reminded that although it may seem as if plants and trees are having a rest beneath the soil, waiting to burst into life in the Spring, they are in fact being fed and nurtured, getting ready for what is to come.
Our lives are a bit like that too, we need to rest, not in soil, but in God’s presence, to be inwardly fed by Him, so that we are able to rise to the challenges that are set before us. To be ready to bring forth to others the new life He gives us, no matter our age.
The challenge for us is to take the risk, and spend some time with God, speaking and listening to Him, allowing Him to refresh our souls during these autumn months. So let each of us give a little time each day for prayer, and allow God to transform us, just as he continually transforms the created world.
With prayers and good wishes from