I can’t believe that around this time three years ago I was being ordained at Chester Cathedral for the first time with many there to support me. It seems both like such a long time ago and only yesterday. At the end of this month, when I have submitted my final assignment, Bishop Libby will sign that my curacy is completed. It has been a joy to serve my curacy here at All Saints’. I want to thank you all for your patience, support and encouragement as I have continued to learn and grow in my ministry over these last three years.
While curacy has ended, my ministry here will continue alongside Daniel and the team and I am looking forward to seeing what shape that takes now that there will be no more assignments to complete and far less training days! It feels for me like a change in season where I will be looking around to see what God is already doing that He wants me to become involved in.
As we look at our country we seem to be in a new season too. The election resulted in a fairly divided country, no party with a significant enough majority, and we look to how this will play out in the months and years to come. Brexit negotiations have begun and we look to see what will emerge from that process. I wonder as we continue to pray for those in government and involved in Brexit negotiations where we will see evidence of God’s Spirit working and how we will respond. In the aftermath of the recent terror attacks there is an increased uncertainty and fear among many as we try to comprehend such situations, and the Grenfell Tower block fire in London has served as a stark reminder of the need to care for the vulnerable in society, whether through specific tragedy or simply on-going need. Throughout all of these difficult situations it has been heartwarming to see communities come together and support one another and demonstrate what it can look like to love your neighbour. I think that even when people don’t realise it, or have other motivations, when we see these moments of love and generosity with strangers we recognise Gods hand in drawing people together. Another opportunity to look around, to see what God is already doing and join in.
This is what we are all called to in our everyday life. Both in the good times and the more challenging times. To look around our families, schools, work places, community centres and neighbourhoods and to search for what God is doing. Isaiah 43:19 says:
“See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
I wonder what God is doing in our various communities that we are a part of? What is it that He might want you to join in with? How do we recognise where God is at work? I think one way is by spotting where the fruits of the Spirit are. Where do we see signs of love, signs of peace, signs of patience, signs of kindness and goodness, signs of gentleness and self-control? In amongst the difficult situations our town, city and our nation have faced there have been definite signs of love and peace, of unity and kindness and generosity; signs of God’s spirit working among us. Let’s continue to seek out where the Spirit is working and join in.
My prayer for each of us over the coming months is from Hebrews 13:20-21:
“May the God of peace … … equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever – Amen”
Lesley Currie (Curate)