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Pastoral Letter - Sep 18 - Nov 18

We have variously enjoyed, or endured, a long, hot summer this year and this edition of The Link gives a flavour of some of the fantastic things that have been happening at the Holiday Clubs which have taken place over the circuit in recent weeks. I hope you enjoy reading all about them.

The cloudless, blue skies have also meant we’ve not had our usual share of rainfall and parched, brown, lawns are just one consequence of this. The banks of the stream opposite the manse have however remained green and lush throughout the summer - a very visible reminder to me of creation’s need of water for life and for flourishing.

In turn, this led me to ponder our need of spiritual water, and those words of Jesus:

“Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life” (John 4:14, The Message)

But although we believe this, and know it to be true, sometimes our spiritual lives can feel a little dry, or even arid. I think this is where those spiritual rhythms we’ve been thinking about over the last year really come to the fore – they help us to be grounded and rooted close to the source of that life-giving water.

When we are in the habit of spending time in prayer, giving thanks, reading and reflecting on God’s word and work, holding silence to deepen our awareness of God and taking action to live out our faith we find that we increasingly become those who “… shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:8, NRSV)

As we journey into a new Church year, through harvest and on into Advent and beyond may you know God’s richest blessings and may you continue to be fruitful for him.

 

Sarah Parkin