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Rector’s Jottings (No.20/2020)




Dear friends,

Happy Ascension Day!

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God. Luke 24: 50ff

Ascension Day is a feast of mystery and infinity. ‘Ascension’ is our word for what is beyond our understanding: Christ our Risen Lord cannot be contained within the frame of our human perspective.

The ascension of Christ tilts the universe for us; giving us a fresh perspective and meaning for the world. Jesus has taken our humanity to God; just as by his birth he brought divinity into our humanity. Now he has handed his mission to human beings, a mission which will be empowered by the Holy Spirit.

This invitation to participate in Jesus’ mission is at the heart of the life of Hornsey Parish Church. We are alive and active in the Holy Spirit, even in these times of lockdown, Loving GodLoving our Neighbour and Loving Creation. 


Since lockdown began, when the church temporarily closed in the middle of Lent, our Loving Creation Group has been newly formed and has begun meeting. We have set out initially to do three things:

To ask our PCC to consider adopting a Loving Creation Charter

To see if we can recycle more at church, and dispose of our rubbish in a greener way

To begin to procure greener cleaning materials

We’ll keep you informed of progress, but we’d love to hear your views in the meantime. If you have any thoughts about our Loving Creation Charter, or want to be involved in aspiring to be an eco church, please let us know.

Back to Ascension Day

To live the gospel life, walking in the gentle Kingdom footsteps of Jesus Christ, effects every aspect of our lives. We hope Hornsey Parish Church will become a more eco church, which is one way of ascending more deeply into the love of God which we see all around us in his creation. To Him be the Glory this Ascentiontide!

Over the next nine days, as we look towards Pentecost Sunday, let’s pray daily together for a deeper openness in our church, parish and community, to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, that Thy Kingdom Come

With the assurance of my prayers

Fr Bruce


For information about Ascension Day worship see our Facebook Page (Hornsey Parish Church)

CLICK for resources for young people and families prepared by Nina and Naomi

CLICK to view Fr Bruce and Peggy Woolly leading Ascension Day Collective Worship for St Mary’s Primary School


Hornsey Parish Church