Weekly Message

Sunday, October 17th 2021

9:00am BCP Holy Communion
10:00am Holy Communion with hymns
6:30pm BCP Evensong (Eve of the Feast of St Luke)

We’ve all heard news about the increasing fuel costs and this week we were informed of the price rise for the church electricity. From November 7th what we pay will rise from 18.83p per kWh to 30.06p and I’m sure this won’t stop there either. We may be slowly moving out of pandemic restrictions but we are certainly not returning to normal.

For those of you who may be interested in some biblical study there are a couple of excellent forthcoming events which are being held via Zoom.

BELIEF in Bedford – Revd Simon Woodman speaking on the Gospel of Luke
Saturday 6th November, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm on Zoom
£10 per person (not device) booking at:

The Digswell Lecture 2021 – Professor John Barton – Translating the Bible Today
Monday 8th November on Zoom
John Barton is Oriel and Laing Emeritus Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford and author of the bestselling ‘A History of the Bible’.
Please email info@digswellparish.org.uk to register and receive joining instructions for the lecture.


By Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost —
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

 Worldwide deaths related to COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain. Last week in Bedford there were more reported cases than the same time last year. Facts like this are worth remembering as we look forward with hope, faith and anticipation as we fully enter the season of Autumn. This was brought to light this week at a funeral I conducted where I read the following poem:

Three men were walking on a wall, Feeling, faith, and fact.
When Feeling took an awful fall, and Faith was taken aback.
So close was faith to Feeling, That he stumbled, and he fell too.
Fact remained and exclaimed, Never fear! then pulled up Faith,
And in so doing brought up Feeling too.

Feelings come, and feelings go, but facts remain true. Jesus said, “Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words shall not pass away”, The Apostle Paul also wrote that we are to “Prove all things” then, “Hold fast to that which is good”. 


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Rev’d Fr. Paul Messam
Priest-in-charge of the Elstow Abbey and Elstow Team.
Assistant Area Dean of Bedford
Abbey Vicarage
Church End
Bedford MK42 9XT

01234 261477


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