22nd November 2015

‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.’  (1 Peter 1.3).

This week I celebrate 2 years in Bromborough. So much has changed in my own life in that time: new job, new house, my daughters both at University (though Rachael will be back in a week to live with me until she finds a job), academic qualifications completed…..  Thank you for the love and support you have given us, all three, in that time. I enjoy working here.  

A great deal has happened in the life of our church too. We celebrated being 150 in splendid style, our congregation is growing in number and in age groups, some have come, some have gone, funerals, baptisms and weddings have grown and we are very much at the centre of our community once again. It continues to be a time of great hope and promise. 

It is easy to lose sight of hope when we read about the violence that is occurring across the world. I have read a great number of angry comments directed at God through social media as well as some who say such atrocities point to the complete absence of any God at all. I don’t believe for moment that God is to blame.  

Human beings have created the context in which these things happen. We have failed to follow in God’s ways, choosing instead to put ourselves first. We have failed to understand or interest ourselves in world politics and in truly understanding other faiths so that we can, as people and as nations, make informed and wise decisions.  

Changing our world involves us. Praying about this situation is absolutely vital and I urge you to do that. We have a God who is with us in the pain and in the suffering; Jesus Christ intercedes for us; the Holy Spirit gives strength and comfort. But I also encourage you to look at your own lives, your behaviour and the words that you use. 

Bringing the light of Christ into the dark places in the world can be both, as a result of God’s direct intervention and also through the actions of his people.  ‘Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.’ Daniel 3.3 

Shine brightly this week my friends: bring light and hope into every place that you find yourselves this week.  

With every blessing,





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