Letter from Revd. Rich HendersonSeptember 16, 2015
As we enter September we are in a time of change for our Team of churches and, in the wider Deanery, with a number of clergy moves and retirements. We have prayed with Revd Joan and Revd Lizzie and sent them on to their new parishes. Our Team Council has been wrestling with how we might do things differently, especially with regard to our service pattern on Sundays.
People handle change in different ways; some people embrace it, others avoid it at all cost.
In life, there will always be changes. Change is inevitable. There is even a philosophical saying: You can never step into the same river twice (Heraclitus). Changes can bring about both positive and negative effects, desirable and undesirable results.
The changes we face at this present time are very fluid, what is important is that we focus on being people who have the good news of Jesus Christ to share.
We need to be sacrificial and loving as we seek a new fresh way of being church in this place. As a Team a number of years ago, we adopted the verse from Paul’s letter to the Romans ‘Let love be genuine’ (Romans 12v9). The Bible has much to say to us about love and loving one another.
One example comes from 1 John 4 which is a remarkable collection of sayings that reveal how love is connected to God Himself.
Twice love is equated with God.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:8
“So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” 1 John 4:16
Twice in a row John makes the remarkable statement that God is love.
God in His sovereign power and majesty is known as love. Everything that God has and does shines in the glory of His love. The real test of knowing God comes through whether we are actually using this love from Him to love others.
In summary, with John we affirm “So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.”
We live the life of love by faith, may that love be genuine!