Meg HillBy the time you read this we will have come to the end of an exciting week in the history of our two churches.  We will have completed the interview process for our new vicar and will be looking with expectation towards the future.  We will also be at the beginning of Lent.  A time when we do some particular reflecting on who Jesus is and what He might mean to us - where we are on our personal journey of faith?

I am so grateful to Andy for organising the week of prayer leading up to the interview days.  It will have given us an opportunity for having extra hours alone with Jesus – Mark 3 v7 ‘Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake’.  As Jesus was aware of His need to be alone with the Father – Mark 1 v35 ‘while it was still dark Jesus went to a solitary place where he prayed’ so he knows our need to be alone with Him.

One of the great strengths of a church family is the opportunity it gives us to encourage each other and support each other.  A vacancy may be a challenging time in the life of a church, and maybe that challenge is, does it draw people closer to God or does it push them away from him - Matthew 7 v14 ‘But small is the gate and narrow the path that leads to life’.

Jane Williams wrote a series for Lent called ‘God Problems’.  In it she says that it is easy to use Lent just as another kind of temporary life style, yet Jesus does not go into the desert to get a bit fitter and more toned but to see if he can face the Father’s call on His life.  Let us pray that this Lent we will grow stronger together as a church family and so be able to look forwards to the future in the certain knowledge that God loves us and wants the best for us and for those that we serve through Him. God bless
Meg Hill