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We have a new Prime Minister. This is one of the few certainties in a period of politics that has shaken most cherished assumptions. The referendum has brought about leadership discussions within Europe, within the Conservatives, the Labour Party and UKIP. The almost seismic quakes will reverberate for some time to come.
It would seem that this is a good time to take stock of what type of leaders we want. As a template for leadership we need look no further than Jesus. As a leader he was prepared to make the hard decisions, not flinching even when that meant his own death. He included everyone from the rich and privileged to the outcasts and criminals. He managed to stir a crowd and yet was never swayed by the mob. Jesus above all had compassion, being able to pick out individuals from the crowd and care for them.
At the beginning of his ministry he went into the synagogue took out the scroll from the prophet Isaiah and started reading what scholars now call the Nazareth Manifesto:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour”.
Whatever wing of politics find yourself in sympathy with, this radical teacher from two thousand years ago still stands as the outstanding guide for both our private and our public lives.
Mike Gilbert, Rector
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The Trinity Anthem
Well, it’s turned out fine …
“it’s going to take us how long?” I said. “Well it’s almost an 8 hours return journey”, she replied, “but the service, according to the schedule, only lasts for 30 minutes”. “In that case we’d better look for a comfortable stay over” I exclaimed.
I should explain. Earlier in the year we had discussed a stay with our dear friends in Baslow, though the actual date was still to be fixed. When we heard of a congregational choir performing in St Anne’s and looking for participants, the pull of déjà vue was too much; flushed with our success singing “Dream of Gerontius” in Winchester Cathedral, we signed up with “Claire and Jim”. And we advised our friends to reserve a bed.
What to expect? We’d done our homework, thanks to information provided. We rolled back the years as we were dropped at the church gate, clutching our cold bottle of water (thoughtfully provided by our host), ready for a 9am start on 3 July. Nobody walking the walks but sounds of excitement issuing from the church. Dear St Anne’s, just as we remembered (well almost!) but then we were swept up by a jolly chap whose organisational ability shone forth as we were directed to sections, with music thrust into our hands. Next, a vision of flowing hair and lovely smile came forth, apparently our choir conductor - and then we were off. A morning rehearsing our parts, accompanied by an extremely talented pianist/organist. After a welcome coffee break spent renewing acquaintances, we were ready for our Trinity Service, together with the 48 other choir members, including a talented group of Bel Canto ladies.
Bob Jackson led the service superbly … a Venerable no less (“how come we struggle to find a priest”, I said to my wife, “and St Anne’s manages a Venerable?”) and, with augmented congregation, the sixth Sunday after Trinity went forth with joy. For us, and many others, it was a special occasion. A chance to renew friendships, some great organisation and truly inspirational vocal leadership, all in the joy of singing. “You were right” I said, as we headed home across Beeley Moor … “it really did turn out fine!”