Pastoral Letter

Pastoral Letter – 31st July

My Dear Friends

‘The Lord is near to those who call upon him, to all who call upon him faithfully’

          Psalm 145:19

This week has been one of many changes in policy and much confusion about what the latest guidance is for keeping ourselves safe.   It can seem daunting and overpowering but what we have to remember is that we must put our trust in God and call upon him.  In doing this we are able to follow our own sense of what is right and take care of ourselves and those around us.  God is near to us, even when we don’t know that he is or don’t feel his presence.  That is such a positive message.  That is what I love about saying Morning and Evening Prayer because even when I don’t know the words to say it helps me to put myself in God’s presence and helps me to find the words to say.  That is what God calls us to do – to put ourselves in his presence and we know that he will be with us.  I love this prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr, in fact I have it up by my desk and I think it is a fabulous prayer to use at those times when we don’t know what is going on:

‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

May this prayer support each one of us as we move forward into this new week.

As I write this the sun is shining and I am looking forward to our holiday this next week, a chance to recharge the batteries.  The Sunday service will be online as well as taking place in St Matthew’s (thank you to Bob and Carol for leading the service).  Morning Prayer will continue on Wednesday and Friday at 9am on Zoom.  It is good that, even though we are still living under these changed circumstances we are able to continue opportunities for people to come together whether physically or online.

Please be assured of my continuing prayers and I ask for yours.

With many prayers and blessings.

Yours in Christ,

Rev’d Stephen

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