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Pastoral Letter - Dec 15 - Feb 16

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness - on them light has shined. … For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore. (Isaiah 9: 2, & 6-7a (NRSV)

Our new format Link magazine covers a busy period in the Church year: it begins with Advent, takes us through Christmas and Epiphany and then onwards into Lent. And to that, as Methodists of the Wold & Trent Circuit, we also add farewells to Liz, welcomes for the Rev Louise Carr and Covenant services, as well as all of our other regular worship and activities.

The busyness of life can be challenging and for some, at times, overwhelming – it can make life feel very dark: feelings which are not helped by the shorter days we experience at this time of year. Yet we are people who live in the light – the light of Christ, so let’s not lose sight of that amidst the busyness. Both Advent and Lent are traditionally times of preparation, prayer and patient (but active) anticipation – let’s make time to celebrate all these seasons fully and faithfully and in so doing, I pray that we will recapture what it means to be people of the light and thereby find ourselves better prepared, and more eager to share, Christ’s love with the world.

Sarah Parkin