Minister’s Letter

PASTORAL LETTER

From the Minister’s desk:

Dear Friends,

We live in ever-changing times – as I write we are in day two of lockdown and the request from the UK Government to stay at home and stay safe has been received on my Smart Phone. I have been taking Jack for a longish walk as late as possible in the morning in the hope that he is tired enough not to keep asking for another in the evening. It is very hard to resist his sad eyes and when he lifts up on his hind legs and paws me with his front one, he usually melts my heart but from now on I will just have to be stronger (!)

Our first church service online went well, 24 people joined us from Shaftesbury/Tisbury/Sturminster (someone even from France), I felt it had a real sense of community. As we all get used to this new technology and way of worshipping, I hope and pray it will be a great source of hope and strength in times such as these.

When we ask, as some will: where is God in this current crisis?” I believe that the answer is that he is with us and within us every step of the way, full of compassion, grieving for this broken world and angry about the pain, suffering, grief and loss we are facing.

I pray that all the people of the world will be assured of God’s everlasting unconditional love that culminated in Jesus suffering and dying, paying the consequences for our sins so that we might have the assurance of everlasting life.

Stay home, stay safe, but most importantly stay enfolded in the loving arms of God who will hold you firm in the eye of the storm.

Your friend and minister

Denise