David’s voice will be absent from the Newsletter for 3 months as he continues his sabbatical in Berlin, but I shall try to keep you as up to date and informed about St Philip’s as he would have done.
Anyone who has joined us for the last few Sundays will have noticed we have a new musical introduction to the acclamation of faith (Christ has died etc), and to the ‘Blessing and honour and glory and power’ refrain in the Eucharistic prayer. We hope this will make it easier for people to join in at the appropriate moment. Our children are not forgotten either; we are thinking about how they can be more involved in the music at St Philip’s.
I also want to draw your attention the extensive list of visiting preachers we are looking forward to over the next 2 months. We have already had the pleasure of hearing from the Revds Ruth Bushyager and Penny Seabrook, and our old friend and Reader, Tim Whitfield. Tim will be followed later in February and March by the Revds Stephen Green, Martin Poulsom, Jenny Welsh and Jamie Mulvaney. I hope you will be able to join us to hear their message to us.
These changes, a bit like small breaths, are a reminder that the church isn’t static, but is a living organism and will move and grow as time goes on. It’s not surprising because the church is not just the building on the corner but is made up from all of us who are believers, the living, breathing Body of Christ in this area. As parts of the Body of Christ, God has given each one of us has a role to play in our lives and in our community in bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to those who do not yet know it. How we do that will differ, depending on our gifts and calling. It may not be easy, but if we work together as a body, we will encourage one another and find we are able to fulfil what God has asked of us, however daunting it might seem when we’re on our own.
Photo credit: Dave Brown.