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I came across a pertinent verse in James letter. The letter emphasises the importance of actions along with faith – in the practice of the Christian religion.

He writes – “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to be angry”. If only all congregations in Christ’s Church were like that!

The trouble is that too readily we are slow to listen, quick to speak and quick to be angry.

There is nothing particularly Christian about these words – though James goes on to interpret them in this way.

Think of your favourite soap opera where would “Neighbours”,” Eastenders”, or Coronation Street” be for plots if all the characters, or even some of them were good listeners, thought carefully before they spoke and reacted without anger?

So I suggest we think about this with relation to our generous bequest from Dr Massey. We spent most time in earnest discussion in the Church Meeting about what we can spend over the next six months.

I feel that more discussion may have been addressed on the sad news that so far we have no-one, yes not one, on our list for Christian Aid Week. Two weeks to go and not a soul has been moved by helping people at home and abroad.

Please turn this around and as a Church become quick to respond and carefully decide what I can all do!!!

Happy Collecting.

Shalom

John Joseph