A message from Duncan:
In these very uncertain and often worrying times, it is our faith in God through our Lord Jesus Christ which sustains more than anything else. When Jesus, in the closing verses of St Matthew’s Gospel, took his farewell in the passage known as The Great Commission, he said these words:
‘I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ Matthew 28: 20b
As I write this letter we are at the point of the Church year between Ascension and Pentecost, when we think about the time when the resurrected Jesus finally left his disciples to resume his place with his Father in heaven. But he had already promised that they would not be left alone, because he would send the Holy Spirit, thus enabling them and all Christians ever since to follow his commission to ‘go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ Matthew 28: 19 Which is what followers of Jesus have been doing down the ages and what we can continue to do today – even whilst we’re self-isolating.
One of the positives that have come from this time, amongst the very real suffering and sadness of the pandemic, is the rise in good-neighbourliness, and the many acts of kindness, thoughtfulness and self-sacrifice that have been so evident across our society. And although we may not be able to physically gather as Church for now, we can continue to be Church – the Body of Christ through following in the footsteps of Jesus by loving our neighbour as Jesus loves us. And that love will manifest itself in a whole variety of ways, depending on where we are and who we are. And my prayer is that the love of Jesus will continue to shape us and the life of our communities long after this epidemic has been controlled. So that the shape of society is God-shaped and the values of the world match the values of His Kingdom.
Until we meet again
(in person or through the lines of these letters)
please take care and stay safe.
With love and every blessing,