Pastoral Letter

Pastoral Letter – 12th July

My Dear Friends

‘Let anyone with ears listen’
Matthew 13:9

Our gospel reading today is focused on the Parable of the Sower and seems appropriate for today and where we are in terms of re-opening our churches.  Jesus says, ‘Let anyone with ears listen.’ and this is what we have to do, we have to listen to God and to each other.  I know that everyone will have different thoughts about coming back to church and everyone of those thoughts is fine – if you are happy, if you are anxious, if you want to stay at home, all of that is ok.  We have to listen to God, what are we being told.  The fact that the church is open doesn’t not mean you have to be there.  One thing we have learned during this time is that the church is not just about our building it is about our relationship with God and with each other.  We are going to continue to have our services online at 10.30am every Sunday morning so please come along and join in and whilst we can’t have coffee after church we can continue to have coffee on Zoom at 11.15am each Sunday.

Some good news we have had this week is the finishing of the work on the tower at St Matthew’s.  It was brilliant to see it without scaffolding and with the clock working and telling the correct time.  After all these months it is a relief to see the tower in all it’s glory and a reminder that our plans continue despite the last few months.

The parable of the sower is about God’s message being spread to everyone and encouraging us to hear God’s word and establish it as a central part of our lives.  It is our responsibility to scatter the love of Christ to all those we encounter in our world – we scatter God’s message in all we say and in all we do in our community.  By doing this we build the Kingdom of God here where we minister.

Let us continue to pray continually for our community and for each other at this time and pray that God’s message is heard and felt throughout this place and at this time.  This is a time of renewal as our world and our lives change.

Please be assured of my prayers for each of you.

Yours in Christ,
Rev’d Stephen

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