A Letter from your Associate Priest


Dear Friends


What happened I wonder to the clay pot you made at school? I would imagine that most of us had a go at making something, some with a lot more success than others. My efforts, and those of my brother and sister, were kept and displayed for years by my parents and they probably still have them somewhere. They certainly weren’t what you would call works of art though, but very good dust collectors! A simple clay pot isn’t meant to be a work of art, it is ordinary, everyday, functional and useful – on the whole unremarkable. And there are hundreds of thousands just like it. In the ancient world clay pots were the containers of choice. They could be very large, typically used to ship wine, oil or grain, or the smaller pots were used for cooking, eating and many other everyday uses. Plain pots were also used to hide precious things, to confuse thieves. Silver jewellery for instance has been found by archaeologists tucked away hundreds of years later in a plain clay pot.

Why all this talk of clay pots? In a letter from St Paul to the Corinthians in the New Testament, St Paul uses this image of a clay pot to convey the message of hidden treasure. He is saying that our treasure is knowing the love of God. And this treasure could be shown in many ways;

We’ve seen it so much during the last 16 months, where communities have rallied round and helped those in need, and our communities have been no different. These little acts of kindness have made a big difference, and each of us has the capacity to take a small step to help someone else. Here’s a line from a sermon I heard a few years ago,

Imagine this tired, old world where love is the way’ and hunger and poverty become history and justice and peace prevail’.

We can all be ordinary human pots holding in the light of God, ready to share his treasure of love with those who need it.

With blessings