Pastor's Letter

Dear friends,

Well – even though the sun is currently shining, it looks like summer is well and truly over. Unfortunately the pandemic is clearly not, and we’re still limited in what we can do. There won’t be a Remembrance service at All Saints, but we will hopefully be able to connect as usual to the national Remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph. And even though we are planning for certain Christmas events, we can’t be sure what we will be able to do in December!

All this uncertainty is certainly stressful – but it struck me the other day that we are only experiencing what a lot of people have always known: we don’t know what the future holds.

We’re so used to making elaborate plans and having them work out as planned that we struggle with the unexpected – I personally find it very difficult to have to rethink and change my plans, especially if I have already invested a lot of time and energy in them!

But a lot of people live in circumstances where they genuinely don’t know what’s around the corner: will they have enough to eat, will they fall ill with (what we consider) a preventable disease, will their church be attacked by enemies, will there be another war…

I’m not saying we should be grateful for the pandemic – I don’t think that is either possible or desirable! But maybe we should (try to) welcome it as an opportunity to identify with all those who can’t make firm plans; after all, they’re often better than us at entrusting themselves, their lives and their futures into the hands of the God who loves us and has defeated death, disease and despair. He has planned a wonderful future for all who belong to him, and remember:

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)



(November 2020)

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