Pastoral Letter for May 2018

Dear Friends,

This past month has seen reason for national celebration as we marked the 92nd birthday of H.M. the Queen and, a few days later, greeted the birth of a new prince.  This month many look forward to a royal wedding when, on 19 May, Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle.

In a world that is so full of bad news and difficulties, it is easy to slip into skepticism and to become world weary.  The occasions I have just mentioned could, if we are not careful, also be tainted with this unhealthy approach.  Things can be different, though, and occasions that are positive and life affirming can, in fact, help to draw people together and remind us of values that can be found at the core of the gospel (the Good News) – that life is stronger than death, and that, even in the midst of life’s hardships and trials, we can find goodness and genuine occasions for celebration and thanksgiving.

This month the Church sees the fulfilment of the great 50 days of the Easter season and the celebration of the gift of God’s Holy and life-giving Spirit at Pentecost.

The Holy Spirit is God’s presence and guarantee.  The Spirit reveals to us just how dynamic the life of God is – that God is not restricted, not limited to ancient stories of the saints and distant miracles; but rather God’s life, breath, and energy – the bond of God’s eternal loving presence, is offered to each one of us each day.

The Spirit works within us to transform us into the people God created each one of us to be.  The Spirit seeks to energise us, that the whole of God’s creation might be released from all that enslaves it and liberated to reach its full and beautiful potential.

If God the Father is God over us, and God the Son is God with us, then God the Holy Spirit is God within us – closer than we could ever have imagined – never to leave us nor forsake us.

May we know the transforming power of God’s Spirit within ourselves and in the whole of creation.

yours in the faith,

Gordon

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