A decade ago my life changed forever. Firstly, in April, I became a dad; then, 10 years ago last weekend, after waiting what seemed like half a lifetime, I was ordained and my life in full-time church ministry began. Looking back on the decade I feel tremendously grateful to God; blessed and humbled to reflect on those who have journeyed with me in the first ten years of my life as a minister in the Church of England, both where I served as curate, but most of all here at St Christopher’s, where I feel so blessed to have been called to serve over the past 7 years. Thank you for all you’ve taught me, given me, encouraged me, for the love you’ve poured out on our family (we can’t wait to celebrate Ben’s baptism with you next weekend). Thank you for your patience, for putting up with my wild ideas and for your commitment to Jesus and his church. God is clearly at work among his people here, as we worship together (as a number of you have commented to me recently) and as we share life together. I have great hope for this church community as God continues to grow and shape us as his family.
Weekly Prayer Guide
Growing in God
Reflect on the verses below. Is there any part of God’s Word where you know God is calling you to obey, but you’re finding it difficult? Ask for the Holy Spirit’s help.
Loving each other
Pray for Thanize as she returns to Brazil, that she would settle well into a new home in Sao Paulo and find the right job. Pray and give thanks for the young people who are such a significant part of the church community, and for those who lead and support this ministry
Serving our community
Pray for the building work to refurbish the hall that will take place this summer. Give thanks for God’s financial provision, pray that the work will be completed smoothly and that it will be a blessing to the community.
Bible Verse for the Week
As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, ‘Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.’
He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.’(Luke 11:27-28)