Thought for the month
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and welcome since my arrival here in the Benefice. The service last Wednesday in St Peter’s, Woolhampton was a very special moment for me and I hope, for everyone. There was such a wonderful atmosphere, both during the service, and afterwards at the reception and I would like to thank everyone involved in organising the event. At the same time, I want to give thanks to the clergy, churchwardens and all the laity who have worked tirelessly during the interregnum and preparing for my arrival.
But now you have a new Rector – so what happens now? Well, I would like us to take Bishop Andrew’s advice when relating the story of God speaking to Elijah – What are you doing here Elijah?... Go out – and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by’.
The Bishop then went on to say:
As you set out on this new journey together, may God always be a source of joy and wonder for you – as he was for Elijah.
May you never be so busy that you can’t, or worse, won’t allow yourselves to be interrupted by – and go out of your way for someone in need. And please, take this precious, God-given time to stand, to watch and to pray. I need time, not only to get to know you all and the communities we serve, but time, together with you all, to stand, to watch and to pray. Time to listen to what God is already doing here and to discern our role in his mission. I never want to be too busy to listen and I hope that you all will feel that you can just phone and ask to talk to me and I promise to listen.
I am excited to be here, and I hope each one of you is excited too – as, together, we journey into the future and continue to show the love of God to all whom we encounter.
Grace and peace