July & August Newsletter 2018

St Michael’s Anglican Congregation in the Gard

Newsletter July and August 2018


Thought for the month

Welcome to this joint July and August summer edition of the newsletter.

It was very sad to say goodbye to Brenda, even though she had more farewells than Frank Sinatra (she was certainly a better singer).  On behalf of the congregation we sent a bouquet and hopefully a nourishing bottle to welcome Brenda to her new home. The following is an email we received from her:


To my former fellow councillors,
How many ways can I say Thank you? There was no signature on a beautiful bouquet of flowers (still bright and beautiful) and a bottle of champagne, but I have a strong suspicion that my “Friends at St. Michael’s” gift originated with you. If this is the case, then let me tell you they caused the first tears I had shed since my return, but also gave me the warmest feeling of friendship. I am so grateful.
I meant to get this out before the 15/6 Council meeting, but as you all know, moving house is not exactly a walk in the park, and I’ve been tripping over boxes (literally!) since I arrived.


At the time of general confusion all round about Brexit you may be interested in the following letter to the Times in 1968 after General de Gaulle said “Non”:


Your cookery editor with all the authority of The Times behind her advises us to make cream of asparagus soup by opening a tin.  No wonder, Sir, that General de Gaulle considers that we are not yet ripe to enter Europe.

Yours faithfully

W R Sellar


We are very fortunate this coming Sunday in that Keith Bretel will be taking the service and will offer communion.   

Keith with Shirlie were founder members of the congregation in the days at Boisset & Gaujac.  Keith was the Priest-in-Charge of St John the Evangelist, St Raphaël, France and has now retired.

The theme for the coming week is healing, which is apt considering that this is also the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service.  Knock it if you must but the NHS has looked after those of us who grew up in UK excellently.  Cod liver oil, orange juice and John Lennon glasses were of great benefit to me.

Jesus was a great healer as you will find from the Bible readings on Sunday. He can heal you of your sin. Like an antibiotic dissolving in the bloodstream and travelling throughout the body to eliminate every trace of infection, His grace is sufficient to remove every trace of guilt. He has already paid the price for sin, He satisfied God’s wrath by dying in our place on the cross. Not only can Christ remove the guilt of sin.  He can also heal and repair the products of sin. 

Now we also have to thank God for His blessings of potential growth in medical science and the enormous facilities available in hospitals and doctors in service. Let us thank God for the people who dedicate their service selflessly and honestly in this area.

We look forward to seeing you this coming Sunday.


Jim Pearce

Lay Worship Assistant