May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. (1 Thessalonians 3:13)
2021 has, at times, felt both like it has dragged on and also flown by. This Sunday is Advent Sunday, and we begin the season of Advent. This is a period of expectant waiting for joy. Part of that is the joy of celebrating Christmas together. Advent is also a time where we think about Jesus’ return: there will be a day when he comes back. As the apostle Paul writes to the Thessalonian church, he wants them to be ready for that day.
A Brief Report on the PCC meeting held 11th November 2021.
For some months now your PCC has been meeting at the back of St Andrew’s, a space I personally find most convenient as it gives me space to spread out the various bits of paper so vital, but rarely looked at, that I carry to each meeting. Sadly some of the lights at the back of the Church have recently failed and we moved into the somewhat more cramped area of the Church office.
I hope that this email is useful, and that you are able to spend a few minutes at noon each day, as we pray together as a church family. Please do keep sending your prayer suggestions to me, so that we can make sure we are praying around the needs, burdens and encouragements of our whole church family.
‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’ (Revelation 1:8)
The book of Revelation is a letter from John to seven churches in modern day Turkey. They are facing hardship and persecution, and John writes to encourage the churches and to point them to the future. He starts by giving them Jesus’ words. The crucified and resurrected Lord Jesus tells them that he is. He is with them, and us, now and always. No matter what we face, what difficulties lie ahead of us, Jesus is with us, and he is the Almighty.