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From Revd Laura

Whizz-BANG!!
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NOISE and then silence.

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Jesus' resurrection was the only form of retaliation in God's armoury, overcoming the power WebSite X5 Demo Version love, to offer hope. Perhaps an overpowering love for our fellow humans is the biggest contrast tha WebSite X5 Demo Version rience this month, and on into the future.

Rev. Laura Hill, Rector
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