June 2021

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” [Hebrews 13:5]

I’m currently reading an interesting book entitled Sins of Fathers. It’s the life story of Michael Emmett, a notorious criminal who turns away from a life of crime to find Christ and completely turn his life around. It is a very interesting read and not quite as predictable as I supposed it would be. Without wanting to spoil the book completely for you, just in case you decide to read it, suffice to say that Michael’s conversion isn’t straightforward and includes many lapses back to his old ways.

What is clear from the book is that God, through the power of the Holy Spirit and the Ministry Team at Holy Trinity Brompton Church never give up on Michael following his acceptance of Christ into his life during an Alpha course in prison.

I, for one, am truly grateful that there is always a way back to God no matter how far and how often we stray from His love.

As I reflect on the past year, I think that maybe we could have felt that, by not being able to gather in church, God was far away from us. Of course, the
opposite was true: that in these difficult times God was very close indeed. Although we as Church have been physically apart, I feel that the Holy Spirit has joined us together and given us the strength we’ve needed through this pandemic.

As we begin to open our church buildings once more, I look forward to seeing you and sharing worship in person once again. Please check with your Elder when and where the worship will be as we will alternate between West Orchard and Warwick Road during Yvonne’s sabbatical.

I pray that God continues to shine His presence on both our congregations as we emerge into the post-pandemic world.

Best wishes and every blessing.

Pete

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