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Nov 27, 2014

Freddy's December Letter


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God of Mission
Who alone brings growth to your Church,
Send your Holy Spirit to give
Vision to our planning,
Wisdom to our actions,
And power to our witness.
Help our church to grow in numbers,
In spiritual commitment to you,
And in service to our local community,
we ask this in Jesus' name.
Amen

Category: General
Posted by: suzi hedgecock

I have been your parish priest for over 20 years. A long time. I have been reflecting on those years and where they have gone! I hope that I still have some more years to go.

Out of the years spent in the church and its parish, or should I say, in the parish with its church - all the worship life, teaching and sharing spirituality. The highs, the lows, will have all seeped into the walls of that ancient place, as have the generations who have worshipped at St Michael's in the past. Something is left, as it were, in the very stones that have echoed to their praises.

As I said, I've been reflecting on the years gone by and out of that powerful reflection, I've come to believe that God is asking me, asking us as a church, to do something at this particular time. It's my hope that there could be something "solid" to show for the years, a reordering of the front of the transept in the church, to provide a nave altar that can be moved when there is a concert or some other event like that. A nave altar is on our list - when we have the money!

But I'm convinced God is asking more. And to put it simply and plainly - God is asking me to lead our church into growth! Growth in prayer and spirituality and growth in numbers.

I know I can't do this on my own, and God would not want that. Growth comes from God and is the outcome of our relationship with God - so let there be growth in prayer.

What follows is the making and nurturing of new disciples. Well, that is the dream and vision. You have got to want church growth to happen. Really want it to happen - have it in your DNA! And we shall have to work at "growing" our church.

I need support; a group who will share this with me; our PCC to get on board and the congregation.

So, to start with, I'm designating from Advent to the end of Lent 2015 "A Time of Discernment" (what is God asking us to do?). Then Easter 2015 to Easter 2018!? "A Time of Renewal".

At this stage there's no more to be said except - please pray for us. For me, in the time ahead, much more will be said and done but I cannot stress enough - please pray and if it help, here is a prayer we shall use all the time in church...

God of Mission
Who alone brings growth to your Church,
Send your Holy Spirit to give
Vision to our planning,
Wisdom to our actions,
And power to our witness.
Help our church to grow in numbers,
In spiritual commitment to you,
And in service to our local community,
we ask this in Jesus' name.
Amen

And when it comes, I wish you all a very happy and joyful Christmas.
And in January - a new beginning for us all.

Fr Freddy



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