The newsletter for October 2017 from our minister, Rev. Francis Neil

We can see the onset of Autumn in the gardens and the trees, but Revd. Francis also sees a lesson for us all......... 

Dear friends,

Autumn is here. The leaves on the trees are changing colour and what a magnificent palette of colours is displayed. I have to smile as I look at the horse chestnut tree and remember the days when our children were little and we would wander around the woods collecting the 'conkers' that had fallen from the tree. I never cease to be amazed at the contrast between the outer prickly casing and the deep, wonderful richness of the red/brown colour of the nut hidden inside.

This time of the year means that gardens need particular attention and pruning comes to the fore. I came across a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln who apparently said that 'he always removed a thorn and planted a rose wherever he thought a rose would grow. And how few places there are where a rose will not grow!'

As we seek to follow Christ, how might we be people who plant the seeds of the love of Jesus and allow His love to grow, flower and fruit in the world? How might we be those who do not present a prickly, outward exterior but instead reflect the beauty of the heart of God seen in and through Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit in what we say and do?

As gardening can require a demanding response so too can the call to be a disciple of Jesus but Paul's letter to the Galatians reminds us:

9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6: 9 - NIV

With that emphasis on active Christianity John Wesley set a challenge for us all when he said:

"Do all the good you can.
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can."

 

And to God be the glory.


Love,

Francis



(If the help of our minister is needed, please telephone Rev. Francis on 01422 615910 )

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