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Rector’s Letter for May 2024

May this year is a memorable month for us in our church calendar.

We remember the Ascension of Jesus, on Thursday 9 May, when our risen Lord went to sit at the Father’s side in heaven. As this was about to happen Jesus told the disciples to wait praying in the city of Jerusalem until God sent his Holy Spirit to be there for them and for all who follow him.

And so we remember when this happened at Pentecost which this year falls on Sunday 19 May. Often referred to as the birthday of the church, it marks the moment when God fulfilled his promise to be with the disciples and to be within them as the eternal source of God’s power for all who believe in Jesus, now as then.

God, as his word states, has not left us comfortless. His Spirit guides us and inspires us, holds and comforts us, equips and teaches us as we seek to follow Jesus and to serve him.

Part of that service is “being Jesus” to those around us, and to those we meet. Being witnesses of what Jesus means to us as we live our lives with him. Each of us will be able to point to moments in our experience when we have known God’s presence and his love, his help or support, his leading or guiding, his sustaining in times of difficulty. Perhaps we have simply known his closeness when spending time alone with him in prayer.

All these things will be an encouragement to us when we face life’s challenges, and they are things that can encourage others in their journey of faith as we share together and support one another. They will also be a help to those who perhaps do not yet have an experience of following Jesus. It may give them the opportunity to discover for themselves what we have experienced and known of his love and goodness to us and all people.

At the end of May on Sunday 26 we are having a Benefice service at 10.30am in Newent, and we are all invited to come along. This is part of a number of events that weekend across the County when our Archbishop Justin Welby and a team will be will be with us in the Diocese. One of the team will be with us at this service to share and encourage us in turn, in our own sharing and encouraging of God’s love. In our case this will be Rev Canon David Sherwin one of the retired ministers helping in our Benefice, who is also a member of the national College of Evangelists.

Do please pray for this service and come along to be encouraged as we worship our risen and ascended Lord, who has not left us comfortless but has sent us his Holy Spirit.

With our love and every blessing
Simon

 

Christian Aid Week

The month of May is also when we will be turning our attention to Christian Aid Week which runs from 12 to 18 May. A simple way to make a donation is through our Benefice online Christian Aid Envelope and the link to this is below. Please join with us as we seek to support some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

https://fundraise.christianaid.org.uk/envelope-2024/newent-benefice-churches

 

Weekly Prayer Meeting

We are now meeting to pray every week seeking God’s face and waiting on Him!

Tuesday 9.00am at St. Mary’s

Also

Wednesday 9.00am alternating between Christ Church Gorsley and St. Peter’s Clifford’s Mesne

 

Standing together in prayer before our Heavenly Father

In the Power of the Spirit

In the Name of the Son

Please come along

Everyone Welcome

 

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