Elder’s Thoughts – March 2013

Martin GillDear Friends,

Every once in a while life brings surprises which, by definition, catch us unawares and in some cases significantly change our circumstances. So it has been with our Senior Minister Rev John Walford. A stroll with the dog in Southern Country Park resulted in a fall, wrenched knee and ruptured tendons. At the time of writing this John is still in hospital following surgery but expecting to be discharged shortly once the necessary adaptations have been made at home. Healing is likely to be slow, months not weeks, and we are not yet clear at what point John will be able to return to work. Please pray much for John, Steph and Beth at this difficult time for them all.

Meanwhile we continue to journey through this period of Lent, a time of preparation for the events of Passion Week, the sadness and apparent hopelessness of Good Friday, but then the wonder and victory of Easter Sunday. Christ is risen – Hallelujah!!! Not wishing to belittle John’s accident in any way but here is an event which took even Jesus’ closest friends by surprise but has, truly, transformed life here on earth for us all.

During the “Walking with Jesus” series we have been following in our morning services over these past weeks we have been looking closely at what it means to “Live the Good News” not only in our personal discipleship but also in our desire to show Christ’s love to those for whom Easter has no spiritual significance. I am inspired by Luke’s record of the early church.

“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.” Acts 4:32-34

My prayer for us this season is that the power that raised Christ from the dead will be both a motivational power and a life-changing power evident in our personal lives, our Church life and through them to our town and our nation.

Yours in Christ

Martin Gill