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Why we're here today - That the community may know that St Bertoline's is here to profess the faith, to celebrate it in worship and prayer, and to share it in fellowship, so that we may say "We would see Jesus".

The Rectory
April 18th 2015 Barthomley
My dear Friends,
There is much talk about ‘Dark Matter’. Let me be the first to admit that I do not even begin to understand it. What I have gathered is that the great majority of the universe is composed of it, that it cannot be seen, and that it does not comply with the laws of physics except, in some way all its own , the Law of Gravity. The search is on for it. It is at the moment a hypothesis – a logical explanation of the universe. Untold millions are being expended in the hunt for it.
If it is found, will it explain everything we need to know? Almost certainly not, but that’s no reason for not looking. Is this ‘Dark Matter’ hiding from us, in case we come to know everything there is to know?
A few generations ago, there used to talk about ‘the God of the gaps’. The idea behind this was that all that we did not understand about everything we called God. Then, as more knowledge was acquired, so the need for God would get smaller. The theory was that in the end, when all was totally understood, we would be able to dispense with God altogether. One obvious difficulty with this theory is that, as we have gradually unravelled the mystery that surrounds us, we have also come to realise that every new piece of understanding reveals a whole host of new questions, like a climber scaling a hill for a perfect view, only to find that there is an endless succession of higher summits still waiting to be conquered. Four hundred years ago Bacon reckoned that he could produce a work that would encompass all knowledge. Now, there has to be endless specialisation, so that each specialist knows more and more about less and less. In that way do we end knowing everything about nothing?
‘God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform’ can be interpreted as God hiding himself from us. Exactly the opposite is the case. God longs for the time when he will be fully revealed, when we shall know him even as we are known. God revealed himself in Christ Jesus, so that we should have before us an unfailing guide, fitting our understanding, that we might be able to progress in the Spirit towards the full knowledge of the glory of God and his unbounded love for us and all his creation.
Search on, for all knowledge reveals the glory of God.
Best wishes to all,

Darrel Speedy