When preparing for last week’s AGM and looking back at previous Rector’s reports shared over the years, I was quite nostalgic, reflecting on the contributions of a myriad of folk in the service of God at our church. Folk, some of whom were here for many years, indeed some still serving, whilst there have been others who journeyed with us briefly, but who still left their mark. Brunswick Church and the mission of God has benefitted hugely from those journeying with us both short or long alike, and equally I believe, that much has been gained by those on the journey too. I love the lines from the hymn "Brother, Sister let me serve you”, which include;
We are pilgrims on a journey,
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load
Indeed, in this post Easter season, perhaps one of the more striking stories concerning the followers of Jesus, is that of those who when travelling on the road to Emmaus, experienced Jesus journeying with them, and who were indeed blessed by the encounter.
Over the course of the next month we will have another pilgrim journeying with us briefly. Peter writes:
I’m going to be around church quite a lot through May, and I’m hoping to take part in worshipping and working alongside the community here. In preparation for ordination, it’s going to be a privilege to experience church life in Brunswick’s unique way.
Say hello if you see me around, and please pray for all those in our diocese who will be ordained alongside me this July.
So, let’s look to welcome Peter and indeed anyone else who find themselves journeying with us and Jesus, for however long, that we might all be encouraged in our faith, fellowship and following.
Keep in touch
Keep the faith.