New Year New Challenges

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New Year New Challenges

A the start of a new year I always like to look back over the old one and think about the new things I have learnt and shared with others. Personally I like to know that progress has been made that there has been movement and not just

time spent standing still.

There has been, over the past year lots of changes for us as a community here at St Cuthbert’s, with the announcement of Revd Mike moving on and then both Mike and Liz’s departure in October. Although the news was hard for some it is important to reflect that in it all God is working his purposes out.

When it comes to our own spiritual journeys and the corporate journey we share as a Christian community we must always be asking ourselves where are we going? The story we share this month of the Epiphany is a story of movement and journey, it encompasses the theme that seeking Christ means that we have to get up and go. That might not sound like everyone’s cup of tea, but the good news is that we never journey alone. God promises to guide us, through His Spirit he is our comforter as well as the one who will lead us out of our comfort zone.

2014 promises to be another year of change as we seek to appoint a new incumbent for our parish, there will be moments that we will feel like we want to just wait until they get here before we step out in mission and ministry. But the truth of it is that we cannot wait, we are all called by God to go and make disciples of all nations.

As we ponder on this let us embrace this blessing taken from the Northumbria Community Celtic Daily Prayer, that says:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm.

May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

So may this year be filled with surprises, and may those surprises be filled with the richest blessings of God.

Grace and Peace

 

Revd Ben

 

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