Happy New Methodist Year

Happy Methodist New Year. Here is my thought for the week, which went out on BBC Hereford & Worcester on Sunday 30th. You can find it 1hr 48 minutes in.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08nv7sd

And here is the text:-

BBC Hereford and Worcestershire – Thought for the week 30-08-2020

Last night as I put the lights on, I was thinking, it must be getting late. Looking at the clock, it wasn’t late at all. I smiled, and remembered my grandmother, who if she was still alive would have said “the nights are drawing in now, it’ll soon be Christmas”. No, no, not yet! I want it still to be summer!

August Bank Holiday weekend we are normally at Greenbelt Festival. Due to Covid we reverted to a digital festival. I enjoyed being part of that yesterday. I enjoy Online content, online worship, speaking on the phone & internet is good, and we can make spiritual connections, but, I’m longing to be back with people in the same physical space.

September is on our doorstep, and for the Methodist Church and our schools it’s the start of a new year, a fresh start for things. Methodist Ministers move appointments generally every 5 years, so all over the country new ministers are getting ready for a fresh start in new places. In schools there will be new teachers, and new pupils, bright eyed and ready to go, a new creation.

What are you bright eyed and ready for? Do you need a fresh start this week,this new month?

Dave Bilborough encourages us to sing “I am a new creation no more in condemnation here in the grace of God I stand”. Jesus offers us each day the grace of forgiveness, the grace of a fresh start. Every day we can have a fresh start and be a new creation.

So for my churches, this new Methodist year, I am looking forward to a fresh start and new opportunities to meet safely together for worship in new ways. So Happy New year everyone for Tuesday, and happy fresh start to something new, whatever it might be.

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