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St Cuthbert’s Church

Wroxham Road, Sprowston, NR7 8TZ
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New Adventures
I recall those warmer bank holidays, especially the first one in May. If I
recall correctly I read somewhere that it was the hottest May bank holiday
for over 40 years. What a wonderful treat! This got me to thinking about
getting out and about more in our lovely city, county and country.
Friends come to visit me recently and it’s been so refreshing to see
our fine city through visitors eyes. It is like experiencing the wonders
of the cathedral or enjoying a literal feast over the Norwich and Norfolk
Festival in a new way. I hope you have time with friends and family this
summer time. Being able to share sights, passions and jobs in picked up
by Reverend Philip Harvey in our Key Note. I hope you all make time to
explore your communities afresh in the sunshine too. God bless, Adam
Contents
4 Keynote
7 First World War Centenary
11 Vicar’s Voice
12 Scout’s Scribblings
14 Group Reports
17 View from the Doghouse

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Worship in our Parish
Wildlife News
Puzzle
Advertisers
From the Registers
and Parish Contacts
34 Local Events

Sprowston News

Sprowston News

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Keynote | On Vocation
At the end of June I will be taking my vows to become a priest in the
Church of England, having served my year as a deacon. I’m assured by
others that this transition will not cause any change in my appearance,
lead to the growth of a glowing neon halo or cure me of impatience in
heavy traffic. But it is a transition I am looking forward to, so that I can
serve the people of this parish as they gather around the Lord’s table.
The idea of ministering as a priest seemed an interesting (though rather
weird) profession when I was a child. Only gradually did it dawn upon me
as an adult (mid-career) that it might be a possibility for me. I was then
referred to a church ‘Vocations Advisor’. As a trained English teacher, I
was surprised at the choice of vocabulary. I already had a vocation as an
educator, and understood that there were all kinds of vocations, whether
these were inside or outside the church. Perhaps this was a result of my
having grown up in a reformed Protestant tradition that emphasised the
ministry of all believers. Martin Luther provided a lucid explanation of ‘the
priesthood of all believers’ (based on Hebrews chapter 7 and 1 Peter 2:5).
He maintained that the ploughboy and the milkmaid could undertake
priestly work. In fact, their ploughing and milking was priestly work, in the

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sense of being tasks they were called to undertake. Luther disclaimed the
idea of a hierarchy where the priesthood was a ‘vocation’ and milking the
cow was not. Both were tasks that had intrinsic value and God called his
followers to all kinds of tasks.
As I have worked in different countries, meeting people of faith working in
various
professions, I have been struck by the way in which God ministers through
people whatever their job. I have become less concerned about the
vocational question ‘What should I do?’ and more concerned about the
question of identity ‘Who is God calling me to be?’ God calls us to use our
unique gifts and skills, to accept ourselves (along with our limitations) and
to understand that we are loved as we are, and not for what we think we
should be. Oscar Wilde was alleged to have said ‘Be yourself. Everybody
else is already taken.’ It’s salutary advice, though I prefer the way the
Psalmist recognises God’s work in shaping our identity from the moment
of our birth: ‘I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.’ May
God continue to shape your unique identity and help us all to realise our
vocation within the priesthood of all believers.
Reverend Philip Harvey

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First World War Centenary
Once again there is a single entry on the Sprowston war memorial from
June 1918.
Thomas Thorn (19) was from Denmark Opening on Sprowston Road,
and his father was a bootmaker. Thomas served with the Bedfordshire
Regiment, and died on 21st June. He is buried at Warloy-Baillon,
between Amiens and Arras in the Somme area of France. The cemetery
extension was begun when medical facilities were based there for the
Somme military operation that began in July 1916. (Most of the 1,331
Commonwealth burials date from that period). Thomas’s older brother
Arthur also had died in the Arras area, on 2nd April 1918.
(These articles are derived from research carried out by David Goodyear,
Bruce Rampley, David Sneddon and others, and published by Sprowston
Heritage in their book ‘Sprowston Church Memorials 1914-1918 and
1939-1945’,copies of which can be viewed in both Anglican churches and
at Sprowston Library).

NORWICH CHOIR SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

Norwich-based choir ‘Sine Nomine’ celebrates its
40th anniversary this year. We are a small and friendly choir made
up of enthusiastic singers of all ages. We sing a wide range of
sacred and secular music both accompanied and unaccompanied.
We are keen to recruit tenors (male and female) and basses.
No audition is required but some ability to read music would be an
advantage. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings in the
city centre.
For more details please see the
website sinenominenorwich.wordpress.com
or contact sine_nomine@hotmail.co.uk
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