I Thessalonians 4: 9 "There is no need to write to you about love for your fellow believers. You yourselves have been taught by God how you should love one another..."
As we move into the start of another church year and look back at 2021, there have been ongoing challenges but real joys as well.
It seems as if there is more to get our heads around this past year, with COVID-19 continuing to impact on the lives of churches and individuals, along with all the planning and preparation required to keep ourselves and others safe.
The joys have included the continued call of God on people's lives for ministry (ordained and lay), wonderful connections in many of our smaller and larger faith communities through Mulled Conversations, doing Ministry School and Synod differently, and looking forward to the Bishop's Companion Programme launching in 2022. The love that people express for each other and our communities is evident in small and more significant ways .. just as God has taught us to do.
The team working in the Diocesan office are looking forward to a taking a break and send their greetings to you as the year draws to a close.
My love and prayers for you all for a love-filled Christmas and a wonderful 2022.
Collect for first Sunday in Advent
prophets and scriptures prepare your way:
open our minds to discern your purpose,
turn us from all darkness,
and prepare us for the coming of your light.
Through Jesus Christ our Liberator,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen