Pastoral Letter - Mar 17 - May 17
As I looked out of my window this morning I noticed that the spring bulbs were starting to show real signs of life; the sun was shining too and the birds are very busy – and very vocal! These must all be signs that Spring isn’t all that far away and, by the time you read this, I hope it will be very much more clearly in evidence.
Spring is, I think, perhaps the most hopeful season of the year – all those signs of new life, and colour and growth, and of course the celebration of Easter. I’ve been thinking about hope quite a lot recently. It seems to me that it is a central and significant part of our faith: the Psalmist encourages us to put our hope in the Lord because “with the Lord is unfailing love.” (Psalm 130: 7) and those beautiful words in the opening of John’s gospel are arguably some of the most hopeful, and hope-filled, words ever written: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
We have much to be hopeful about in our Circuit too in these next few months – we are all thinking and exploring Healthy Churches and the weekend of the 13th and 14th May marks a key stage in that process when we have the opportunity to gather and explore what it means to go “Forwards Together in Hope” at a conference on the Saturday and in a Circuit Service on Sunday. The ex-President of Conference Rev Steve Wild and Rev Barbara Glasson are keynote speakers at the Conference, and Rev Steve Wild will be leading our service. You’ll be able to read more about this exciting opportunity elsewhere in the Link and there’ll be further information circulated in all the churches over the next few weeks. As the Circuit Leadership Team we really hope that this is something you will be able to be part of.
I pray God will guide and encourage us as we travel together in hope over the next few months.