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Each month the Priest-in-charge writes a letter for the parish magazines. It is reproduced below. Previous letters are available on the Archive page.

Revd Scott Watts is the Team Vicar serving the parishes of Aston-sub-Edge, Dorsington, Honeybourne, Pebworth, Weston-sub-Edge and Willersey. Scott writes,

 

Having celebrated the joy of Easter, the Church, whilst continuing to rejoice in the physical, spiritual and emotional resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead - giving to the whole of creation hope, in this world and the next - now looks forward to two further significant events.

First, we remember Christ's ascension into heaven. After all that he went through for each one of us on Good Friday, Christ ascended into heaven to be reunited with his Father and to sit at God's right hand - the place of privilege and honour, as befits the one who is King of kings and Lord of lords. Immediately before his ascension, Christ said to his disciples,

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you" Matthew 28: 19-20 (NRSV).

These words are often referred to as the Great Commission. They apply to every Christian and, let's be honest, can make us feel afraid, even inadequate.

That's where the other significant event that I mentioned comes to the fore. The other great occasion that we look forward to after Easter is Pentecost, or Whitsun. On this day, we remember the outpouring of God's Holy Spirit, promised by Jesus, on all believers. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers and enables Christians to share the Good News of Jesus Christ - and I don't know about you, but, just as I'm ready for some sunshine, so I could do with some Good News!

When we feel fearful to share the hope and fullness of life promised by Jesus, I encourage you to remember that, in St Paul's words, 'God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love' 2 Timothy 1: 7 (NKJV). Here's a wonderful thought - the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells within every Christian and makes us able, despite our own fear and trembling, to share with others the life-changing, world-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

Hope, indeed, for what can seem, on occasions, a world with very little hope.

With love,

Scott

Rev Scott Watts

Team Vicar


 



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