For where two or three are gathered
in my name, there am I among them.
ooking out from my study, I can see all the preparations going on in readiness for the Open golf championship. It is amazing just how much thought and planning is in play. I have every sympathy with them – it is a huge task.
Here at St Hildeburgh’s we, too, are in the middle of preparation for our Prayer Labyrinth based on the golf course. It has been an incredible journey for the team, who have not only met regularly but spent hours and hours in preparing the floor mat, the tables, the many items that will be used for reflection, the production of images for the overhead projector and in the writing of the booklet. It doesn’t stop there; there is publicity to organise and so much more.
have lost count of how many people have been involved from the planning stage to bring us to where we are today. This really has been a team effort and worthy of much praise. It has been great to see so much fun and working together and of course this is what a church should be about.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace. 1 Peter 4:10
n another subject I would like to say how great it was to have so many at our last Family Praise service. This is clearly an area of church life we all must support. Our links with Holy Trinity School are strong and also with our Mums & Tots group. Many of the families are finding their way to our Family Praise service and getting to know us better.
We have to work hard to help these new families to settle and continue to be as welcoming as we can. Their voices mean the church is alive and becoming more relevant to local people, the people we are called to serve.
The introduction of the puppets and having the screen has also been a move in the right direction and ensuring the worship is accessible to the children and people of all ages.
he church is a family. We might not all like each other’s tastes in music and hymns but, providing we get the balance right, we can all enjoy both learning new songs and also singing old favourites. The future is exciting and I look forward in joining in with what God wants for us.
Let’s thank God for his goodness and pray for his continuing blessing on the parish and all our community.
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians 2:1-3
Seventh Sunday of Easter: 1 June 2014