‘New Beginnings’May 20, 2011
A letter from the Minister
It’s great to be back! Although still in the ‘phasing in’ process, I have enjoyed being back in church, sharing in the leading of our worship, and also making some visits and gradually becoming involved again in other aspects of ministry. I am indebted to those who have helped me in this process.
However, although I am the same person, with the same calling to ministry, my body is not quite the same as it was. The treatment has left its mark, and my energy levels are unlikely to be as they were before. I am sure I can call upon your understanding and patience in the coming weeks.
So, for me, it feels like beginning again. That’s a good biblical concept, for our Saviour Christ makes all things new. We have recently celebrated Easter, when the disciples discovered what new life really meant. In fact, each new day offers us a chance to begin again … to leave behind the mistakes of the past and to renew our commitment to God, to our families, to all aspects of our lives.
Speaking of beginnings, the Royal Wedding has dominated the news this spring, and provided us with an inspirational day of celebration, as a young couple took their vows to each other before God, and set out on a new adventure. We wish William and Kate well, as we would wish for any young couple getting married. Marriage is almost as old as mankind … yet, for every couple, it represents a new beginning. This occasion provided an opportunity for many married couples to think afresh about their wedding vows, and perhaps to make a new commitment to each other.
Whatever stage you are at in the life of faith, there is always the opportunity to make a new beginning. In our worship week by week, I believe there are always new things to learn, as we grow closer to God through his Son Jesus Christ.
With all good wishes
Gordon M.A. Savage