Thought for the Month (October 2018)

Dear Friends

I write this letter upon my return from the Theological Consultation with the Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz, and the celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the union in 1818 between the Lutheran and Calvinist churches in that area of Germany. It was a wonderful few days and Duncan and I were truly blessed.

It is true that when I accepted the invitation it was partly duty. My Ordination vows include a commitment to the wider church and therefore I do have to undertake some wider duties, even at times when I would prefer to be amongst the congregations in the TW group. Yet this trip reminded me, very deeply, that wherever we live, Christians are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28b). As we were reminded in a sermon, "being Christian is sitting at God's table, whatever the differences are".

Our enthusiasm for the gospel can be buried under the weight of everyday life. Yet the good news for us is that God calls us again and again to build his church through the ages, and God still calls people to believe. Through the power of God, the church is revived again, and again, and again. We are a powerful witness to God's love, and let us use this privilege to help others discover a personal relationship with God himself.

I was delighted that I could take the love and greetings from Tunbridge Wells to our sisters and brothers in this beautiful part of Germany, and even more thrilled that I can bring their encouragement back to you all.

Be encouraged by their prayer for us
Ephesians 1:18. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called - his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

Rev. Helen Warmington

P.S. If you want to know more about our trip, which was really varied in its content, please do ask!

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