goes. But what about when change comes about that has not been part of our plans. When circumstances determine that things cannot stay the same. Often these can be very trying times and can be very unsettling. It can make us again visit the big questions in life and again it may bring us to a point of praying that ancient prayer “God where are you?”As we begin to head into summer we celebrate the festival of Pentecost this month. Pentecost is a festival all about change, it is what some call the birthday of the church, the moment that God’s plan of continued redemption was born. Christ had sent the disciples back to Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit. I often wonder what that waiting period was like for them, and if they had much idea about what was going to happen.
Then the Holy Spirit came and everything changed! Those first believers in the early church where know as “Followers of The Way.” * there is an indication right from the start that to belong to the church means that change is part of our DNA. But the good news is that when God is part of the change, although it might be hard and not make much sense at the time his blessings will always outweigh the sacrifice. (remember Good Friday was followed by Easter Sun- day!)
It is a new season that we are stepping into as a part of the wider church in the Cleveland Archdeaconry with the fantastic news that Archdeacon Paul Ferguson is to be the new Bishop of Whitby. We congratulate Paul and send our warmest welcome as we receive him as our new Bishop. We also continue to pray for the person who is being called to become our new incumbent at St Cuthbert’s and for those involved in the discernment process.
So as God continues to call us to join in his mission to the world, as he called those first followers out of the upper room into the world around them. May we embrace the changes that God is presenting us with, knowing that “The Lord is here (and) His Spirit is with us!”
Grace and Peace Revd Ben
*Acts 9:2 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.