Making God's Love Known In Windsor
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The Reverend Canon Sally Lodge writes...
“God save our gracious Queen”. These words will be heard and sung many times during this Platinum Jubilee month. As I sung them recently, I was struck by the word “gracious”. If I was asked to choose one adjective to describe Her Majesty the Queen, it would be that one. Our queen’s manner is the epitome of “gracious”, the primary meaning of which the Oxford English Dictionary gives as “courteous, kind, and pleasant”. We see it in the way she moves, sits, talks to people and smiles. A person who is gracious is a joy, and brings light and life to others. Our queen is indeed a “gracious Queen”, and we give thanks for her 70 years of gracious reign over us.
Another meaning of gracious is “to be forgiving, merciful and compassionate”. This is the meaning which is often behind the word when it appears in the bible. In Exodus 34.6, God uses this word to describe himself:
The Lord passed before [Moses] and proclaimed, ‘The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness’
What does it mean for God to be gracious?
The Hebrew word for “grace” is khen. In Hebrew, khen is anything that gives rise to a favourable response or something we find ourselves drawn to - perhaps because it is elegant or beautiful or brings delight.
God’s “graciousness” is about extending kindness or showing delight towards someone who may not be deserving of that treatment. When God calls himself gracious, it is about seeing his creation, humanity, as delightful treasures, regardless of our status or even our faithless behaviour.
This characteristic of God, his “graciousness”, is something the Bible celebrates and which we are urged to emulate. The story of the Bible is about how God is relentlessly pursuing a relationship with humanity, even when we betray him or turn our backs on him and how, ultimately, he sent his Son to show us what it means to live this way.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all now and always.
Come join us!
You are welcome to join us at St Stephen and St Agnes, regardless of race or gender or sexuality. We are part of the Church of England and our worship style is modern catholic: this means the service uses contemporary English, but still has ritual and incense (‘smells and bells’).
There are areas in the church that make it easy for parents with prams or people in wheelchairs to join the worship. Our congregation age ranges from babies to 98-year-olds. Study and discussion groups are available throughout the year with special courses run during Advent and Lent.
St Stephen and St Agnes Church is part of a benefice (group) of four churches in central Windsor in the Diocese of Oxford, which includes Holy Trinity Parish & Garrison Church, Windsor Parish Church of St John the Baptist, and All Saints' Church.
We are committed to safeguarding children, young people, and vulnerable adults. The parochial church council has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website. Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Laura Betteridge and she may be contacted at church or by email.