November 2017                   From the Rectory

Dear Friends,

On the 26th November we shall be holding the annual Court Leet Service. As the newly elected Court members parade in, we recall the history of our town. The Court Leet plays an active role in our town and many of us enjoy the Court Leet Day, Ale Tasting evening, and the annual Town Dinner. We also enjoy the Guildhall & Jubilee Gardens. The Court also reminds us that in times gone by local disputes were resolved differently. Whenever an argument arises we need to have an impartial judge to look at the facts and evidence. Nevertheless, sometimes it is helpful to know what lies behind the facts. A knowledgeable and wise local person can arrive at a better judgement when things are 'a bit more complicated than that'. Keeping it local has its advantages. Also, judgement is required not only to establish what has happened and why but also to know how best to resolve matters and to move forward.

The Christian faith is often regarded as a series of commandments. The Law of God is declared and the faithful are instructed about how to keep it. Nevertheless, when we read the teachings of Jesus we find an interesting example of justice in action. It is often said that the true test of the Christian faith is not so much in the rules it preaches but in

the exceptions to the rules it allows. Local knowledge. God knows the full story; he is aware of what lies behind the facts and evidence. He knows how to confront us with the truth and he knows how to help us move on from the messes we so often create. The Christian life is not a series of court appearances where we are measured against commandments; rather, life is a series of family conferences where arguments are resolved, hurts are healed, apologies are genuine and where wise counsel prevails.

Before we get to the Court Leet Service we will be marking Remembrance weekend. What should our thoughts be? All the above.
                                   John Ganjavi