It’s the beginning of a new School Year. Please will you remember regularly in your prayers the life and work of Elland Church of England School, our young people, their parents and carers, our Staff and Governing Body, and those partners with whom we work, especially the Local Authority Education Department, and the Leeds Diocesan Board of Education and their staffs. Our best wishes, and thanks for all she gave to the School go to our former Headteacher, Mrs Wendy Holdsworth, as she begins her new role elsewhere. For the time being the School is being looked after by our Interim Head, Mr Chris Wightman, who, with the Staff and Governors is responding to the challenges set by our latest, difficult, OFSTED Inspection Report. The process to appoint a new Headteacher has now begun. Many Schools are finding it difficult to attract candidates, as it has become such a difficult, demanding role. Please pray that the right candidate will come forward.
This Prayer is used to begin meetings of the Governing Body, and you may like to make use of it:
Loving Father, source of all knowledge and truth,
give to all our Staff and Governors wisdom,
strength and compassion in all they undertake.
Remember all in need in our School Community
and grant that all who learn may be open to your transforming power,
for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
This month also marks St Mary’s Patronal Festival Eucharist, at 10am on Sunday 9th September. We honour Mary, Our Lady, for her faithfulness to God’s call, the one who witnessed to, cared for and loved her Son from the warmth of her womb to the stillness of the grave; the one who knew that the Crucified One was Risen, who joined with his Disciples in prayer, and who has gone before us in glory as a pledge of our hope in her Son. Yet what we mustn’t miss in addition is the ordinariness of those hidden years, of sharing her life with the Holy Family in Nazareth. Of these years, Bishop Lindsay Urwin writes,
From the moment of the overshadowing, the second person of the Trinity is present in Mary.
And what does she do? The Virgin Tabernacle continues to cook for Joseph while the bread
of life is forming in her; to sweep the house tidy as the One who would cleanse us from sin
is in foetal form; to go to the well for water, bearing He who would offer living water, to
converse with the other women of the Village while growing the humanity of the One who
is the Word, and, as Luther suggests, ‘milking the cows, washing pots and kettles.’ To meditate on this is to marvel at Mary, yet more to marvel at God’s own willingness to be carried around during these menial tasks! And all in the nowhere town of Nazareth.
May the Blessed Virgin teach us that God finds us in the everyday and the commonplace, if only our eyes are open.
Pax et Bonum – Peace and all Good to you!