Rector's Monthly Letter May 2018

Dear Friends,

At last we’ve received the exciting news that our new Rector has been appointed. It marks a change in the lives of the churches in our Mission Community. Some changes may be big, some may be small. Some changes may be more or less important than others. Until the Rector settles in we won’t know exactly how things will be, but one thing we can be sure of is that nothing will be exactly as it was before.

Following the death and resurrection of Jesus, the disciples had to learn how to move forward without Jesus at their side, teaching and guiding them. They were committed to carrying on the work that Jesus had started. They were committed to spreading the Good News of his death and resurrection across the known world. Without the reassuring presence of Jesus beside them nothing would ever be the same as it was. The prospect of the task ahead must have been very daunting.

The task ahead of us seems quite daunting as well. We have asked for and have been given someone to lead us who has a heart for mission. Someone who will help us spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in our own communities. We are full of questions about how we might achieve this. We may even doubt that it can be done. The disciples too may have had similar doubts and concerns.

But they, like us were not alone. The Gospel of John tells us how Jesus promised to send help to the Apostles after he was gone. Jesus said “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14: 26-27). The Holy Spirit came to the first Christians soon after Jesus had ascended into heaven. It was in his power that the Church grew in numbers across the whole world. It is in his strength that we will face the task ahead. We cannot do it alone – but we don’t have to. This Pentecost marks a new beginning for us which, in the power of the Holy Spirit we can face with confidence. “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

With love in Christ,