St. Mary's Church, Woodbridge
"We are here for the glory of God; to be the body of Christ, broken and restored to reflect the Gospel in our lives."
Worship > Pew Sheet

18th November 2018 - 2nd Before Advent


Palindrome Poem by Brian Bilston


They have no need of help

So do not tell me

These haggard faces could belong to you or I

Should life have dealt a different hand

We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers

Layabouts and loungers

With bombs up their sleeves

Cut-throats and thieves

They are not

Welcome here

We should make them

Go back to where they came from

They cannot

Share our food

Share our houses

Share our countries

Instead let us

Build a wall to keep them out

It is not okay to say

These are people just like us

A place should only belong to those who were born here

Do not be so stupid to think that

The world can be looked at any other way.

Now read this from the bottom to the top

On reading this poem it is hard to realise how little we step up to the plate when considering the terrible and frightening conditions from which many refugees have fled. I think it is to our shame that there isn’t more official support for people trying to exist in, to them a ‘foreign’ country. We are so afraid of anything which upsets our ‘status quo’ and makes us look at our traditions again in a different light, and giving a welcome to  those who have come to live with us, unless they ‘when in Rome do as the Romans do‘.  Jesus said something which I find hard to cope with. When asked by a wealthy young man what he should do to obtain eternal life, Jesus replied ‘Go and sell all you have and give to the poor.’ He went away sorrowing ‘for he had great possessions’. The one which is really ‘really’ hard is in Matthew Ch. 25 vs. 36-40 ‘when asked by the disciples ‘when did we see you naked and clothed you’ Jesus answered ‘when you do something to this man you do it unto me’.


A prayer for Justice

Grant us, Lord God, a vision for our planet as your love would make it:

A world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry, none are poor:

A world where the benefits of development are shared, and everyone can enjoy them:

A world where the environment is loved and cared for, and we are good stewards of the earth:

A world where people of different cultures and faiths live in tolerance and mutual respect:

A world where peace is built on justice, and justice is guided by love:

Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Beryl Linsey


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