The Digest, our Parish magazine, comes out monthly. Here are a couple of articles from January’s edition. To read more, pick up a copy from Church when you are next there
Katey Mills writes…
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Are you excited by the New Year or are you a natural worrier? The truth is that I see the New Year as a fresh start. It is a chance to become a better person, putting to rest all my bad habits (well, most of them!) Striving to become the best mother, wife, friend, Christian, that I can be. Do you make New Year resolutions? Positive affirmations that will ensure your year will be successful? Promising yourself that projects will be finished, you will be a stone lighter by March, you will do 5 gym classes a week! If your diet gets off to a bad start, do you just think, well that was that, and give up. If that new gym membership stays in the drawer, or the Bible in a Year lasts only the first week … do you then shrug the year off as a failure? How many times have you heard somebody say, “This year has been awful”, or, “This year can be written off”.
In 2012 my year started with the funeral of my Dad. That is a dark, lonely, hard place to be, as so many know only too well. I could have written that year off as a bad year, I could have ignored every blessing that came, each day, for the next 360 days. Instead, 2012 became one of the best years, it was the year Evie-Jo was born, and our family was completed. They were two extremes, from death, to new birth. The fact is that God knew what was happening, he knew what was coming next, and I had to trust in him. He couldn’t stop the things that hurt me, but he could hold my hand. He is the father, who loves us unconditionally.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
I guess what I am trying to say is that no matter what 2018 brings, see each day as a new start. 365 new starts are better than just 1. God is with us each and every moment of our lives. He doesn’t cast us aside like a “bad year” when we do something that hurts him. No, instead he forgives us, and offers us a new start, over and over again. Surely, we should therefore, count every new day as a new chance. TRUSTING IN GOD. His love endures forever. So, my prayer is that 2018 will bring us all many moments of Joy. That each new day will have its rainbows, and that we can all praise God for his abundant blessings, knowing that he is always by our sides. Amen
“The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” Lamentations 3 22-23
from the Children and families’ worker: Katey Mills
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Lights of the world
Our Christmas celebrations are over. As we tidy up and restore our homes to what they were like before Christmas, we might look back at our festivities and ponder on what was so special about it.
Jesus made clear that He came as light for the world. He came to give life in all its fullness. He came to show God’s character—full of love, compassion, forgiveness and mercy.
So if, as we put away our Christmas decorations, we think there is no more to be said until next Christmas, we have missed out on a vital part of the Christian message. For Jesus also said that we, His followers, were to be the light of the world……’let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven’. (Matthew 5:14-16). We are now involved! Jesus calls us, as His disciples, to be like Him this coming year – lights of hope, love, joy, healing and peace in a world that badly needs it.
A song by Graham Kendrick, ‘Do Something Beautiful’, urges us to: ‘Do something beautiful in the name of Jesus’, and ‘Go do something Jesus would’. Now that’s a challenge for 2018!
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An excellent New Year’s Resolution for everybody
Here is something very easy, and very good, for you to do this year: simply eat more slowly.
It could save your life.
Recent research in Japan has found that diners who gobble their food quickly are five times more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, the name for a cluster of dangerous health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Those of us who eat quickly are also more than three times more likely to gain weight.
Scientists believe that eating quickly prevents the brain from noticing when the body has taken in too many calories. Unused calories are then stored as fat, which places pressure on the heart. Eating fast also appears to cause spikes of blood sugar, which can stop insulin from working effectively. Metabolic syndrome affects one in four adults in Britain.
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Dear Lord God,
We pray for your help and guidance during our interregnum. Please help our churchwardens, Sandra and Brian, and the PCC, as they lead us through the process to look for a new Rector. Watch over and protect those who will be keeping our worship going and those doing all the many other jobs needed to run our church. Help us all to be regular in worship so our church fellowship will remain strong and healthy. Above all we pray that you will help us to find and chose a new priest who will guide us into the future and grow your church.
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