Rector's Monthly Letter May 2017

Dear Friends

We have experienced once again the joy of Easter Day and the wonder of the risen Christ. The gospels tell us of Jesus, after his resurrection, meeting two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus and with a group of them gathered behind locked doors for fear of the Jews. He appeared to Mary Magdalene in the garden and to seven disciples beside the lake of Tiberias and to more than five hundred other people.

The Acts of the Apostles tells us of another glorious event, the ascension of Jesus to His Father, followed fifty days after Easter by the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

The disciples are charged with new energy, new belief and a new desire to spread the good news of Jesus to everyone. Peter, for example, once so fearful, has become bold in declaring the message of Jesus ( Acts 2 : 14 – 42)

It is perhaps a good time for all Christians to review their faith and to set it beside what they know from scripture; the evidence of the Easter story, the miracles, the healing, the eye witness accounts and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

The prevailing view in Britain today is that Christian belief is irrelevant and that Jesus, though a remarkable man, is just that and no more.

And yet, something remarkable did happen two thousand years ago and not all the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit can be dismissed as nonsense.  Christian belief remains strong and plays a central part in many people’s lives.  Prayer is seen to work and a relationship with God and Jesus brings comfort, certainty and overwhelming love.

This is a time to experience afresh the joy, energy and certainty of those first Christians and to share with everyone the message of God’s love.

The Church is more than just old buildings, strange language and people who seem to be isolated from reality.  The Church is love at work, changing people’s lives and giving hope for the future to those who seem to have no meaningful life and no hope.

With love in Christ,

David Roff