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Change is coming!

 

In just a few weeks time, our united kingdom will go to the polls.

 

As the Church, we have a particular responsibility at this time to speak out for the poorest in our communities and to make our voices heard. We have a responsibility to work for the peace and the common good, to offer in public, and in private, a voice of truth and a voice for hope in the future; and we are called to love our neighbours as ourselves, and to pray for them.

 

Our nation continues to be divided about our future relationship in Europe, however, our calling as the Church in these times is not to take sides in this debate but to continue to be the Church for everyone. There are leavers and remainers in every congregation, but this can never be our primary identity as Christians.

 

In just a few weeks time, we will celebrate the moment in history when everything changed.

 

Not the government or our relationship with Europe, this time, instead we will be celebrating ‘the moment’ when God became incarnate and entered into our history and nothing was ever the same again. Immanuel, ‘God with us’.

 

Incarnation means change, it means God coming into our space, into our time, and into our lives. Coming into our comfort zones and shaking things up, causing them to be re-created in a new way, challenging us to confront this change, and to be a part of God’s plan for the world around us.

 

Change is not something that we should fear. Change is part of the natural evolution and cycle of life. It is part of the nature of our lives, our families, our places of work, and our churches. Christmas is a constant celebration, year after year, but no year is ever the same, and our lives never remain the same.

 

As you prepare for that great day (not the general election) try to find some quiet time to give thanks to God for the many blessings in your life, and then ask the Holy Spirit to go ahead of you because all things are possible, and nothing will ever be the same again.

 

Revd Gary Grady

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