Rector's Monthly Letter June 2017

Dear Friends

It’s been seven months now since we started the vacancy. At long last the process to find a new incumbent has begun. But things have changed and we now need someone who will work well with all five of our churches (Croyde, Georgeham, Heanton, Marwood and West Down) helping us to grow in faith and to help us spread the good news of Jesus Christ throughout all our communities. Over the coming weeks and months we will begin to build new relationships with the church families in Croyde and Georgeham, working together to discern the kind of person our churches need to help us continue the good work that has already begun.

There are important decisions to be made and it is essential that each deliberation and decision is soaked in prayer. To reach the right decisions we need to practice discernment which is the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. At this time of year, as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we are reminded that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to us to equip us for the work that needs to be done. 1 Corinthians 12: 8-10 says this “To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues”.

Discernment is part of this package, and we need to exercise it when determining the gifts and qualities that we would like to see in our new Incumbent; when determining who amongst us is most suited to sit on the interview panel; when determining who amongst us is most suited to showing the applicants around our parishes. The essential component to all this is PRAYER. All the decisions to be made need to be done prayerfully so that we can be sure that we are following God’s will for our parishes and not our own.

Next week the church is entering into a period of focussed prayer that more people will come to know the love of Jesus (known as Thy Kingdom Come). As well as engaging in that, I would ask that we include all our PCCs, our church families and Reverend Mike in our prayers, together with praying that God is already preparing the right person to lead us in the future.

1 Thessalonians 5: 16 - 18

”Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.

With love in Christ