Hello Everyone – A Happy and Peaceful New Year to you all.
At this time of year we have lots of plans and resolutions for the coming year but now this year they will not include me as I come to my retirement at the end of this month.
Lots of people have said to me. You must have a lot of plans for your retirement. What are they? I’ve been asked this many times over the last couple of months. The plans are that there are no plans. God however does have plans for me and in the words of Jeremiah 29:11 ‘I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ For whatever happens in my retirement I know that God will have a hand in it and will lead me to where he wants me to be.
I want to thank Bramhope and the church for your kindness to me, Keith and the family. We take away many happy memories from this place.
It has gladdened my heart to see the church grow, people come to faith, children awakened to the possibilities of God, families who have made their spiritual home with us and our relationship with the village and its school grow over the years.
The work we have done on the church with the screen, the new lighting, renewed kitchen and the decoration of the church has meant many fund raisers and I thank everyone who has contributed. However it does mean that I leave the church in good heart with great facilities for a 21st Century church.
New equipment, New Year but the message from the church remains the same. God sent His Son to tell us just how much he loves us. For God so loved the world that he gave his one an only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16. That message is not just for the church but for all people both inside and outside the church. My prayer is that the church will continue to proclaim that message and welcome all who come to hear.
My journey with you as a parish is now ending. You will continue on your path and I will now take another but we will all continue under the guidance and care of God. However we are all charged to run the race that is before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. Hebrews 12:1-2.
Every Blessing for 2018 and onwards.