Ministers letter for March 2024 Chronicle

Dear friends,

Warm and sincere greetings in the name of Christ our King.

March’s worship services will guide us on a journey through Lent, and then on to celebrate the joy of the resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is the most significant time in the Church liturgical calendar as the focus shifts from a journey of destiny, to sacrificial suffering, to atoning death on a cross, to joyful astonishment at the empty tomb and glorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus! May this sacred season inspire within us a determination to follow Jesus, whatever the personal cost, and may we come to know more about fellowship of sharing his sufferings, and participation in his resurrection power and glory. (see Philippians 3: 10-11) “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”

Below (following this article) is a piece that was written many decades ago which draws attention to the basics of what it means to be a genuine Church member. I have to say that I like it very much and I feel that it still has much to say to us today about local church commitment and service. Later this month as we welcome more people into Church membership, may we all be mindful of what God leads us towards as we respond to the call to be servants of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. I hope you find this article helpful and challenging.

Then, there is a short article which I wrote for the Gloucester Citizen which was included in the February 15th edition of the paper. It is about hospitality which St Paul encourages Christians to practise regularly. (Romans 12:13) Hospitality is possibly one of the most underrated of all the gifts of the Spirit, and yet it is a gem of a gift. Could you extend some hospitality over the Easter period to someone who would appreciate friendship or food or both? Can we go the extra mile to bless one of our neighbours in need? This is a gift that all who read Chronicle can exercise in some meaningful way.

May God’s grace and peace be with you as you aim to follow and proclaim Jesus.

Yours in Christ,

Peter