Stand outside Holy Trinity church and look up. What do you see? Our parish flag is usually flying from the top of the tower. Look closely and you’ll see a map of Cornwall with an eagle flying over it, wings outstretched.
Why an eagle? There are three reasons. First, it’s because the eagle is the mightiest of birds. It flies higher than any other bird and can look directly at the sun. The eagle was seen by the early church as a sign of the Holy Spirit, hovering over God’s church and protecting the people.
Second, many Old Testament mentions of the eagle tell how it stirs up its own nest, tumbling the fledglings out so that they spread their wings and discover they can fly.
Finally, it was Bible passages about eagles that led Vicar Howard Flint to this parish in 2016 – he noticed the seabird in the Truro Diocese logo on the vacancy advertisement and was stirred by its similarity to the eagle he’d been reading about in the Bible and seeing in his prayer times. He recognised the leading of the Holy Spirit and applied for the job.
Our flag says that God sees and knows our hearts, that he is protecting us and stirring us up to grow and become the people God always intended us to be.
We’re seeking God here in St Austell Parish, as we search for His heart and share what we find.
“Even youths grow tired and weary,
And young men stumble and fall;
But those whose hope is in the Lord
Will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles,
They will run and not grow weary,
They will walk and not be faint.”