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Pastoral Letter - April 2021
Just as Jesus’ first disciples had new things to face following Jesus’ unexpected death and even more unexpected resurrection, we have new things to face as we emerge from the Covid pandemic. Many of you will have had one or both of your Covid vaccinations by now and will be making decisions about when and where you might go out and who you might meet up with. Some of you have come back to church since we re-started on Easter Sunday. It’s not yet back to how we were, or how we want to be, but at least there is a renewed sense of togetherness.
Thank you for your patience, your commitment, your financial support, your encouragement to one another and your prayers. It is vital that we continue to connect with God and with one another as we seek to find what differences there need to be in how we grow in faith and share our faith at Trinity Church.
We are beginning to see a lot of butterflies again as we head towards Summer. Every time I see a butterfly I am reminded that they go through such a lot of change to get from a wiggly caterpillar to a magnificent butterfly. This process is natural for them. When we face change we often feel very uncertain and scared. We can find that we prefer to look back and remain with what we already know, yet by doing so we may stay as caterpillars – crawling, feeding, crawling some more (or even chrysalises – very still – although we know there is quite a lot going on in that apparent stillness!). Let’s not miss out on being butterflies!
Think of the colour and joy we could bring to our community; imagine the freedom we might feel if we find our wings, unfurl them and fly… Maybe you think I am being fanciful – maybe I am! But, I want to be part of helping Trinity Church find itself renewed so that we can be witnesses of our faith to others and part of extending God’s Kingdom in this place. I want us to develop as disciples and to help disciple others.
I watched Greta Thunberg on the television recently explain why she couldn’t give up trying to bring the issues of climate change to the world. She felt it was vital to speak out; to be active and passionate in this given what she understands about climate change; she couldn’t live with herself if she did not speak out.
What about us? We need to speak out and live out the Good News of Jesus; share the hope that is within us. I hope we can do this together, and with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Remember these words: ‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.’ (Hebrews 6:19)