Rector's January Letter

Dear Friends,

I hope you had a good Christmas and before I do anything else, I would like to wish you all a very Happy and Blessed New Year.

I wonder how many of us have made a ‘New Year Resolution’ for 2020?  At the start of every new year like any other I feel like I need to get a grip; less food, more exercise, a healthier lifestyle and a better work life balance.

‘Behold, I make all things new’; ‘a new heaven and a new earth’; ‘put off the old self...and put on the new’. Our Scriptures are full of exhortations to renewal – of our minds, and hearts and our relationship to God and to each other.  Change is the normal state for Christians. We know that we haven’t yet arrived and are in the process of becoming the person God would have us be.

The New Year is a time to commit ourselves to new beginnings. In the Gospels we rarely, if ever, find Jesus focusing on the past mistakes of the people he meets, but instead seeking to draw people into new and hopeful beginnings.  So, whether you are hitting the gym, dieting or training for a marathon (or none of the above in my case...) remember that our new beginnings are not only about fitness of body: our spiritual health and fitness needs attending to as well.

As we come to the end of 2019 and look forward to 2020, here is a good question to ask yourself: what, if anything, do I need to leave behind? As you reflect on that question perhaps you would like to join me in saying the following prayer.

Jesus, bringer of hope-filled change 

help me to let go of what must be left behind              

and draw me into your new beginnings.  Amen.                Rev Sarah

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