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January 2019

MINISTRY TEAM LETTER

New Year, New Start?

Another year’s over, and a new one’s just begun; it’s 2019 already! But does it feel like a new year, new start? Social media offers new hashtags…

What might yours be?

• New Year New Me

• Adopt every cat on earth?

• Lose weight and work out?

But are these enough, is there more to life? Then I stumbled across this gem:

• Live more for Jesus Christ

What could that mean for each of us this year? A familiar reading for the new year is the wise men’s journey in Epiphany. The magi spent their lives predicting the future, so God came to them in a way they would understand – as astronomers he had them follow a star. It may seem odd as the magi had no connection with Jesus; they didn’t believe, and yet God worked to reach out to them – just as he does with us. We are never too far away for God to reach us and give us a new start. He never gives up, and we are always included.

Jesus’ life had been foretold long before his birth: his birth in Bethlehem was no accident as it was God’s plan, just as it was with the magi. God’s plan was in place from the beginning of time. So, the wise men followed the star, seeking Jesus:

• But what are we seeking?

The magi travelled as the star beckoned them to come and see. They came to worship yet received more than they brought. They recognised that Jesus was more than a future king in the literal sense: He was also God’s Son, and they laid their gifts before him.

• What can we bring?

This New Year, perhaps our challenge is to uncover what we might bring in our search for Jesus; to make room in our hearts, to journey with him and to know him. If we’re seeking God with our hearts, then he will meet us and journey with us.

As we ponder, these words from In the Bleak Mid-Winter might show us a way to pause a while and to look to Jesus for our new start.

What can I give him, poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.

If I were a wise man, I would do my part,

Yet what I can, I give him, give my heart.

 

Dawn Matthew, Minister in Training

 

All enquiries regarding Church matters should be directed to:

The Rev’d Canon Emma Davies, The Vicarage, Church Lane, Gilmorton.

Telephone: 01455 556573; email emma.davies1@sky.com (usual rest day Monday)

The Rev’d Dave Hover

Telephone: 0116 277 9900; email revddavehover@gmail.com (usual rest day Friday)

Sharon March is our new Pioneer Minister and you will see her at some of our church services as she

begins to get to know us and to help us to connect with people beyond our church buildings.

Benefice websites www.avonswift.co.uk www.facebook.com/avonswiftbenefice

 

FROM THE REGISTERS

Funerals: We say farewell with God’s blessing to:

Evelyn Franklin aged 98 years at South Kilworth on 11th December