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the parish noticeboard — 3 What makes <strong>June</strong> special? <strong>The</strong> Midnight Sun in Norway Mettesd, dreamstime.com By Rev Dr Roger Roberts, pastor of the International Baptist Church Brussels <strong>June</strong> is the month of light — the month of the summer solstice, when millions of people in northernmost Europe stay out late to enjoy the sight of the midnight sun. To have light and glory where there is usually darkness is something we celebrate. We welcome it. In John 9 Jesus said: 'I am the light of the world.' He wasn’t comparing himself to the summer solstice, but preaching at a Jewish occasion which celebrated light every bit as much. It was the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:14), which was a celebration not only of God’s provision of water, but also of the light of God’s presence with the Israelites in the wilderness. During the Feast of Tabernacles there was a joyful celebration. <strong>The</strong> priests would light four huge lamps in the Court of Women. <strong>The</strong> flames would reach as high as the temple walls and would provide a light that could be seen all throughout Jerusalem. Men of deep piety would dance throughout the night for the entire week of celebrating. A choir, accompanied by an orchestra of instruments, would sing psalms such as Psalm 27, which declare '<strong>The</strong> Lord is my light and my salvation.' At the height of this grand celebration, the Lord Jesus had the temerity to stand and say that he was the light that was foreshadowed by the light for the Israelites in the wilderness. <strong>The</strong> Jewish leaders were furious, and tried to stone him to death. Jesus did not fight back, he simply illustrated his claim to be the Light of the World by immediately giving sight to a man born blind. (John 9). In the 20 centuries since then, the Word of God, when it is proclaimed, has drawn people out of the darkness and into the light of Jesus. <strong>The</strong> Word is, as the psalmist said, 'a lamp to my feet and a light for my path' (Psalm 119:105) and David said, 'In your light we see light' (Psalm 36:9b). Today, by the light of the Word of God, we can see Jesus as he is: truly the Light of the World. From the editor's desk firstname.lastname@example.org Keeping calm <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 11 One of the things I learnt early in my career as a journalist was the need to be flexible and not to waste time complaining or worrying about a story or an article that had to be dropped unexpectedly after spending a long time working on it. On one occasion I was working for a defence electronics company — yes, journalists are employed by companies to help promote their products and services by getting newspapers, magazines, radio and tv stations to publish stories about their people, products and services. In 1981, I was working with a tv news crew on a story about a new, advanced electronic security system. After several days of discussions and planning, and then a full day filming in a cold, wet and muddy army firing range, I was driving home with my boss — who was a very experienced fleet street journalist before moving into public relations — when, after thanking me for the work I had done, he said, 'I've been talking to the producer, and there's no doubt they will use the film on tonight's main news programme, unless, of course, the Pope gets shot.' And you can guess what happened, Pope John Paul II was shot and wounded in Vatican City that very day and our news item was shelved! Whatever work put into a dropped story will come in handy sometime in the future, maybe next week, or even several years ahead because all information, whether it can be used or not, is valuable, if only to tell a story in this column! <strong>The</strong> way forward is to stay calm and focus on whatever comes next. DON'T PANIC! For this month's issue I have had to do a considerable amount of staying calm in the face of changes to my plans, mainly because our scheduled deadline was 12 noon on Saturday 6 May, the precise time that King Charles III was being crowned! <strong>The</strong> timing of the Coronation has, despite some careful planning in advance, led me on several occasions to remind myself of Corporal Jones' famous cry, 'Don't panic Mr Wainwaring!' As well as editing this magazine I also write a newsletter each month for the Association of Church Editors, all of whom write and publish church and parish magazines. <strong>The</strong> newsletter gives tips and ideas about how to write and design their magazines, and one of the tips that I often remind the other editors is to ask God for his help with their magazine, and no-one has ever got back to me complaining that prayer does not work, because it does. But, of course, you don't have to be a magazine editor to pray for God's help, it applies to everyone and everything we do. I'm sure that if more people prayed about their own lives, as well as those of others, and their work and other activities they might be involved with, the world will be a calmer and much happier place.