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Pastoral Letter - October 2020
As I write we are still in an unsettling time of uncertainty and decisions we make one day may need to be changed the next day…
However, we are children of God, and we have an unchanging God. It says in the Book of Hebrews ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever’(Hebrews 13 verse 8). I pray that we can find peace in that knowledge.
We are also part of the family of God; part of a great team. The Girls’ Brigade resource material this month is focussing on the concept of us being part of a Team – because this would have been an Olympic year with many teams competing for medals. Our Girls’ Brigade company has not met physically in our church building yet, but has met ‘online’ through ‘Zoom’ meetings. This has given the girls the opportunity to feel that they are still part of a team.
In respect to our church worship services - some of us have been able to return to the building on a Sunday morning and have enjoyed a sense of togetherness. But we are still part of the church team or the church family even if we are not coming to the building. I hope that you have enjoyed ‘worshipping’ with the written services our Methodist Circuit has prepared, or the online service streamed from St James’ Road Church, or through other resources you have found. You are still a valuable and important part of the Body of Christ that is Trinity Church Totton.
The apostle Paul wrote about the importance of every part of the body. God has given us all special individual talents and strengths. No one is unimportant to Him and He wants us to work together for building His kingdom. Reflect on some of Paul’s words from his first letter to the church at Corinth:-
“If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
”“…God has put the body together, giving greater honour to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:17-18,24-27)
I encourage you to make the decisions that are right for you at this time (no pressure to come to Church or join a ‘Zoom’ meeting!), and to be aware of, and prayerful for one another.