Happy New Year

Happy New Year

As we look forward to 2017 I was thinking of broken parts of our world and society and came across this written by Henri Nouwen-“What is our task in this world as children of God and brothers and sisters of Jesus? Our task is reconciliation. Wherever we go we see divisions among people – in families, communities, cities, countries, and continents. All these divisions are tragic reflections of our separation from God. The truth that all people belong together as members of one family under God is seldom visible. Our sacred task is to reveal that truth in the reality of everyday life.

Why is that our task? Because God sent Christ to reconcile us with God and to give us the task of reconciling people with one another. As people reconcile with God through Christ we have been given the ministry of reconciliation” (see: 2 Corinthians 5:18). So whatever we do the main question is, Does it lead to reconciliation among people?”

So I do thank you  the church family that continues to reach out to all members of the communities in which we live, work and play. That the work which has been ongoing with all sections of our communities young and old continues and that those doing this work receive the support and encouragement of all the communities.

All those who minister, Readers, Elders and Retired priests, and I pray that you do not get overburdened but continue to minister to all people with joy, happiness and with a smile on our faces knowing that God is with us at all times. Those who help us to sing your praise continue to grow in number and song!  All those on our Parochial Church Councils who work hard to keep our church buildings and church communities going forward.

All those in positions of authority and that they continue to be aware of their responsibilities to the people they serve and that they serve honestly and with compassion

So thank you and that you have joyful and peaceful New Year.

And so we pray…

We pray for those in January who grieve and for those who have the opportunity to celebrate.

Step softly into your weeping world, incarnate God; embrace it in your love.

Bring light into broken lives, warmth into frozen hearts, hope to those at war.

May your peace pervade every place.

Help us to approach this New year filled with the joy of our companionship, as we step out in faith with you, ready to face the future, whatever it may hold. Amen

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!

Revd David Messer