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Last updated 19th July 2024
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The Dean Writes:

Dear Parishioners and Friends all around the world,

For those of us living in the northern hemisphre, summer is, for many, a moment to pause; one to take a break –  a time,
perhaps, to live in the present moment and to remember, as Ecclesiastes 3:1 states, ‘there is a time  for everything,
and a  season for every activity under Heaven.’ These words remind us that it is God who has appointed the times,
seasons, and events in our lives. Of course,  sometimes we may wonder about that; it is easy to doubt that God has it
all together when we look at what is going on in the world around us or where  our own life has descended into what may
feel so often like chaos. However, things may appear to us, God has always got everything under control and  always has a purpose in everything, even if we sometimes have a tough  time understanding what that purpose might be. As the apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Christians in first century Rome: “And we know that in all  things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8: 28). The secret is, I think, to discover, accept, and appreciate God’s perfect timing and to remember too, that  we live in a world of change. The evidence of that is all around us. Spring becomes summer. Summer will give way to the autumn, and then autumn – in its turn – will give way to the winter. But, in all that change, we can still hold  on to the knowledge that God is in control and that change can be a good thing indeed. After all, change helps us to learn and to adapt and to grow inside; it can stretch us and challenge us by causing us to grow  through the ups and downs of life. It can also keep us from getting  bored. Are you the same person you were ten years ago, or five years ago, or even one year ago? 

The one constant, of course, is the One who is in control of everything. God does not change, and that means that we can count on Him always to be with us and to do the right thing: ‘He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover, He has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end’ (Ecclesiastes 3: 11). God has set everything for its time, so take  the time to enjoy yourself. Make the best of each event and of each season of change.  Enjoy your family and your home, your health, and your holidays. Enjoy coming to church – yes, come to church and enjoy it! After all, God has made everything beautiful in his time and even in the painful things of life God is there. Sometimes all we can see is the middle of God’s work and not the end, but He knows the beginning from the end, and He is always with us. So, take some time this summer to enjoy the moment. Hold on, in trust, in every moment, to God who is in control. Hold on to the One who loves us and who promises that as we trust in Him, He will provide for all our needs.

If you are fortunate enough to get away on holiday, that is good; but if  not, a few quiet days at home may be just as refreshing. God designed us to need rest at every level of life, from physical to emotional to spiritual. So, I do hope that you all have a pleasant and refreshing summer, whether at home or on holiday, and may you experience the love of God and be able to share that love with those whom you meet.

Yours very sincerely

Sunday Services 9.00am – 11.00am – Mid Week Service Every Thursday 11.00am – Holy Communion.

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