There’s a song released by Elton John  called ‘Sorry seems to be the hardest word’. It’s a reminder that most of us struggle to admit we were wrong, to apologise, to say Sorry.

This week the Pope travelled to Canada with the purpose of apologizing to the indigenous people there for the actions of the Catholic Church toward them as people.  While it will never put right what happened to hundreds of children in the church’s care at schools, it does show a willingness to own the mistakes of the past.

It’s very easy to point the finger at institutions which make mistakes, much harder to admit that we too have made them as individuals.  I wonder what mistakes I, you, we have made in our dealings towards others over the years?  Maybe it is the attitude we have held towards those who are different  in terms of race, sexuality, gender or whatever it is, that caused us to look down on them and maybe even to disparage them as people.

It’s easy for us to justify our behaviour, to say our intentions were good, but that never undoes the harm that was caused. Maybe like the Pope has done in Canada, we all need to be willing to apologise when we have hurt others. Maybe we can learn to say the hardest word, ‘Sorry’.

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This Sunday John Tucker from Carey Theological College will be speaking (recorded video) on the new thing God is doing looking at Isaiah 43

Mainly Music – Wednesday from 10.00am. We do ask that you wear a mask. This programme is a fun way for parents and their children to spend quality time together based around music and movement. It is an opportunity for us as a church to connect with and offer something back to the community of which we are a part. It’s also a way for us to demonstrate care, concern and support for those with young children.

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