Pastoral Letters

11th February 2021

My dear friends,

I’d like to begin this letter with a scripture, from Hebrews 1. 1-3:

“Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.  He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…”

During these last eleven months, we have had to adapt the means by which we communicate with one another. Many of us have used online video calls for perhaps the first time, but maybe we feel as though something has been lost in being unable to meet together. Maybe we feel that speaking to one another in these ways just isn’t the same. The scripture I started this letter with reminds us that God has spoken in a way which has not changed, in a way that requires no technology (though that can be a helpful tool), in a way that simply requires an openness to the Spirit of God working gently in our hearts. God has spoken by His Son.

What does that mean in our current context?

It means that God once again speaks as we prepare to walk with Jesus towards the cross;

It means that God once again speaks as we gaze with astonishment at an empty tomb;

It means that God once again speaks through us as we proclaim to the world: ‘He has risen!”

That message of hope has not changed. The way in which we present it may be changing, but that may be no bad thing.

And I’d like to encourage you to continue to speak to each other. Yes – speak about ordinary things, but also speak to others about the things of faith. And elsewhere on this website there will be details of online events and other ways in which we can continue to do that. So build one another up, remind one another that God loves us, and that His purposes for us are good.

Be blessed, and be a blessing.

Your Minister and Fellow-Traveller,