Letter from Rev Graham Morgan, Superintendent Minister
As 2021 draws to a close, I look back on a year that has been difficult and different in so many ways. We began in lockdown and continued to reach out to one another via telephone calls, messages through the post, electronic communications, including Zoom business meetings and online services. I give thanks to everyone that rose to the challenge of those difficult days and kept the message and the business of the church alive.
Easter Day was the day in which many of our churches reopened their doors for worship though some people were cautious about rushing back through the doors.
As the year has progressed and people have been ‘jabbed’ and ‘double jabbed’ church life has begun to resemble some kind of normality though with some notable differences.
I look around and observe some of those differences; In some churches there is no longer a vestry prayer with the preacher, rather the preacher is welcomed at the beginning of the service and a prayer offered, not only for the preacher, but for the whole congregation.
The offering is made as people enter, or leave the church, meaning that the offering plates are not passed around the church which often caught unsuspecting visitors by surprise and sometimes was the cause of embarrassment.
Holy Communion is taken in our seats and all eat and drink together.
I note that, apart from special occasions, there are no evening services on a Sunday but I also note that some churches, that previously held evening services, are thinking imaginatively about worship being offered mid-week.
Some of those changes have become the ‘new norm’ and there is a reluctance to go back to the way that things were because the way that things are now are working so well.
Amidst the changes, we still worship the one who changes not. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
This causes me to look forward as we approach a new year. If the last year or so has taught us anything, it has surely taught us that the unexpected can happen and ultimately, the message of Advent is look out because one day, Jesus will return to this world of ours. Whatever 2022 brings, and some churches need to have difficult conversations and have difficult decisions to make, let us (look up) “fix our eyes on Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:2
As 2022 draws near I pray that you have a happy and blessed Christmas. Let us look ahead with confidence knowing that our God has gone before us, walks with us and has promised never to leave us nor to forsake us.
With Christian love and prayers, Graham