Church Letter – Nov 2009

Dear Friends,

WAR! THEFT! ABUSE! CORRUPTION! MURDER!

These ‘headlines’ seem to be the news diet we get daily—and it has never been any different through the generations. Way back in Old Testament times we find the same problems. Our standard of living has risen, our education has improved, our scientific knowledge has increased and yet we can’t stop the continuing wrongs of our society.

Once a newspaper posed the question “What’s Wrong with the World?

G. K. Chesterton reputedly wrote a brief letter in response:

“Dear Sirs,

I am.

Sincerely yours,

G. K. Chesterton.”

The awful things that happen in our world come about because of the selfish nature of our hearts—always seeking what we want and not looking out for the best for others. Love always puts others first. And the greatest love a person can have is to lay down their life foranother—that is why it is so important to remember and give thanks for those who did, and are doing, just that for our freedom. We will be holding Services of Remembrance on Sunday 8th November and hope you will join with us in this act of thanksgiving.

Of course, the Christian faith celebrates the great act of love which enables people to have an intimate relationship with God. The last Sunday of November is Advent Sunday. For many preparations for Christmas will truly be underway by then. We will be preparing to celebrate too by taking time to let our hearts be open to God’s amazing grace and transforming power. We shall be not only thinking of Christ’s birth over 2000 years ago, but celebrating that Christ comes again, and again in our relationship with him.

He does that we when realise our need for him — that we need a Saviour who will take us to a place where our hearts are no longer full of selfishness but are transformed because of his love and acceptance of us.

God Bless,

Vicky Fleming

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