As we continue on this pathway out of Lockdown, as creation bursts into life, as the sun shines, and as the roads, shops, and public spaces become busy again, we rejoice in some normality beginning to return, albeit cautiously at the moment. We continue to pray for those who are sick and poorly, and for the strength and courage of our fearless NHS teams fighting the battle against Covid-19 in our Hospitals, Care homes, Vaccination centres and in our homes. We rejoice that many of our churches are either open for in-person worship or will be in the coming weeks.
Our churches across the circuit are being encouraged to think about the question "what does our Church look like now?", what has God been speaking and guiding us towards in this difficult period of pandemic wilderness? As a circuit staff team, we are going to encourage our congregations to focus some time and thought on the #Lovethiscalling Campaign, which is a Methodist Church campaign, to get our people to think about the roles God might be calling us to, to explore those gifts and skills we have to serve the Church, our Communities and our God of love.
As we journey now towards Pentecost, when we celebrate the Birthday of the Church, and we remember the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which enabled those early followers to truly hear the Word of God in their own language, I pray that God will renew and refresh us all with an outpouring of his Spirit. That we might capture again a glimpse and taste of that Pentecost spirit, sharing the Good News of our Risen Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for ALL the world.
WIth Every Blessing
Rev John Yarrien
Superintendent of the Dorset South and West Circuit, Updated 17th April 2021
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But the free gift is not like the trespass. (v. 15)