Minister’s Letter

PASTORAL LETTER

From the Minister’s desk:

Dear Friends,

At our vision day we spent some time reflecting on our mission statement ‘knowing, showing, sharing God’s love.’ I wonder how much we have really grasped the steadfast, unchanging love of God. In Genesis Chapter One we discover that even before the world was created Father, Son and Holy Spirit have glorified one another. That word ‘glorified’ means to praise and adore, love and serve and gives a sense of an intimate, fulfilling and loving relationship which lies at the heart of the Trinity. What is more, Jesus taught his disciples in John Chapter Fifteen that God wants us to share in that relationship and abide in them, as they abide in us. He also promised to send the Holy Spirit to help us believe and understand the depth of love that God has for us.

It is my belief that this knowledge of God’s love for us is fundamental to our showing and sharing God’s love with others. The more that this is ‘real’ to us – the more we will be able to demonstrate that love for others. I encourage you to re-read Jesus’ prayer for his disciples and all who believe in him dwelling on the promises that God loves us and longs for us to abide in him, immersed in his love for us.

We were very blessed to have Revd Frances Watson amongst us again and leading worship on our Church Anniversary. We had a successful Messy Church in May where we explored the Holy Spirit’s ‘Power to Change’. Our next is on 7th August where the topic is the ‘Lord’s Prayer’. We would welcome more people onto the team even if only to help with the preparations or to be there for part of the time. Please let Natalie or I know if you would like more information.

God’s blessings to you at this time.

Your friend and minister

Denise