Thoughts From The Rectory

July 2021

Jean & Revd David Barnes

May 2022


Dear Friends,


The Church throughout the world Church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension of our risen Lord on Thursday 26th May. The feast of the Ascension service will take place at St. Michael’s Bude on at 10.00am and all are welcome to attend.


The period between the resurrection and the ascension was very much a waiting time for the first disciples of Jesus. As the day for Jesus’ departure got nearer, I could imagine, the more worried and anxious the disciples felt. Before he ascended into heaven Jesus commissioned his disciples to proclaim the “Good News” of God’s love to all people, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.


Jesus’ departure to his Father was a fearful and anxious occasion for the disciples. However, on his departure Jesus promises them help with the task ahead. This help would come in the form of the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit the disciples would be empowered, gifted and strengthened for what is to come. The sorrow and uncertainty associated with Christ’s departure would turn into jubilation and joy at his continuing presence with them in the form of the Holy Spirit.


At times, like the first disciples, we have periods of waiting and uncertainty. As Christians we are called to wait on God, as the Psalmist says: “Be still and know that I am God”. At all times in our lives we are called to wait and listen to God and respond to his call.


In our waiting we may be anxious or fearful, wondering what the outcome of any given situation might be. Whatever the outcome there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.


Our new life in the risen Christ is a journey home to the Father. Where Jesus has ascended and gone before we are bidden to follow. Like those first disciples we need to trust and know that God through his Holy Spirit is continually calling us and is forever with us at all times.


Yours in Christ’s service


David

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