Grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ!
Summer is here and the end of the Connexional year beckons! There have been many
lows with the loss of friends but also many highs in our church-life over the past year. And
for these, in joy and or in sorrow, we give thanks for a year of graces bestowed upon our
church-family as we have been able to weep with those who wept, and laughed with those
who had cause to celebrate!
I want to begin with my sincere thanks to all who travelled to Birmingham to witness my
‘Reception into Full Connexion in Birmingham and later my ‘Ordination’ at Coventry
Central Hall Methodist Church at the end of June. It was truly a wonderful occasion and
my thanks also to the Revds Stephen Maunder and Imran Malik. A big thank you too, for
your cards and generous gift.
As mentioned earlier, we have had some lows in the year too and we continue to hold many of our members who are sick or their families, in our prayers, remembering particularly Mrs Anita B, Joan and all the folk at the Grange. We pray for the bereaved too.
In his letter to the Colossians, St Paul tells them “that spiritual growth does not stop with
the simple act of receiving Christ and that it is necessary for believers to live lives rooted
and grounded in Christ”. They are to do so by being obedient to Jesus’ teaching and always
giving thanks. As we draw this connexional year to a close, and give thanks for all that we
have endured tgoether, it is my prayer that as we will continue to seek ways to maintain
our rootedness in Christ. And so we pray;
Bless us, Lord,
with clarity for today and vision for tomorrow;
with courage to pick up and humility to lay down;
with energy to start out and grace to keep going.
May your kingdom come in us, and in your world. Amen.
Wishing you all a vey ‘Happy and Blessed Summer’ !
Revd Abe Konadu-Yiadom