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Going, going .. but not gone ... yet!


Many of us have been there.  The last minute rush to tidy up, do this, do that before the holiday – or in my case, before the move.

It rarely seems that there is much of an opportunity to “wind down”.  And perhaps that is as it should be.  For, as Methodists, we know only too well, “ministers come and ministers go”.  But the work of the Kingdom continues.  And so it has been this week.

The opportunities to shine the Light of Christ in the world come in all sorts of ways.  This was highlighted again one morning.  First, a call from the Police; then a baptism visit; followed by a call about a funeral and another from a lady whose husband is close to death.  Oh, and not forgetting trying to organize a date for a couple wanting to get married.  And that was just a morning!

Not every morning do we get all of that when we are the ministerial Point of Contact for a week, but it can and does happen.  Yes, at the end of the month I will be going, but there is still lots of work to do in addition to trying to tie up loose ends and prepare some things by way of a ‘handover’ to the Ministerial Team and in particular for the new minister that will be part of our Circuit from September and of course the other routine business that every week contains. 

So perhaps this week, it was a healthy reminder that the ministry and mission to which we are all called, never ceases.  The activity of God, never ceases.  The opportunities that God gives to us are never ending. 

I might be going at the end of this month to a new post, but I’m not gone yet and God still has work for all of us to do.  May we know that God is always with us.

I wish you Every Blessing for the future.

Rev Ian

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