Parish of St Matthew the Apostle,
Douglas, Isle of Man
From the Archives
Manx Church Magazine - November 1937 continued
My Dear People,
Concerning the Divorce Bill, may I quote the words of the Bishop of Ely: 'I am always conscious of the august figure of the Son of Man, who is the Son of God, and I remember that with all His limitless love to us sinners whom He redeemed, He would never qualify His teaching to win adherents, and still less to win applause. In the wilderness the tempter suggested that He could have the kingdoms of the world, at a price - 'All these things will I give thee if thou wilt fall down and worship me.' 'Admit my sovereignty; admit that evil cannot be helped; lower your standards, make concessions, and the kingdoms of the world are yours.' We know the issue of that trial. When the way to which He was calling men seemed to be harder than they could endure and they were forsaking Him all He did was to turn to the inner circle and say, 'Will ye also go away?' There was never a hint that He could smooth the rough way of Christian discipleship. Is it possible to disregard what He had said so plainly?'
Do not forget that Christ said, 'Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words will not pass away.'
THE MISSION, DECEMBER 2-13. The Mission is drawing near. I hope you are filling in the names of people who used to come to St Matthew's, and who have lapsed. Please let me have them at once. I should like to see more people at the intercession service on Wednesday evenings at 8 o'clock to pray for the Mission. Father Sedding has secured the services of two Sisters of Mercy to help in the visiting during the Mission. The children's missioner will be the Rev. R. O. Stephenson, of St Augustine's, Tong Moor, Bolton.
Very sincerely yours,
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