What do we mean when we wish each other "Happy New Year"?
Well the old
one feels somewhat threadbare as we come to its close, so maybe
we want to wrap around ourselves something that feels a bit warmer,
a bit more protective? Or maybe you are seeking fresh adventure
and a new start in 2016?
Which you opt
for may depend on your age of course.... there will be young
people in our community for whom this next year is one of examinations
and then the excitement of new experiences - maybe travel, maybe
of university or college. New friends to meet and make.
be some for whom this new year brings the prospect of difficult
health choices .... uncertainty and fears.
be new human beings born into our world, full of potential -
with the joy of discovering what their special giftedness will
turn out to be; there will be others who will leave it and leave
behind sadness and regret perhaps, or the satisfaction of a life
well-lived, and ambitions achieved.
As well as
all the partying, New Year is often a time for reflection and
for planning ahead - a time of Resolutions! And it is with this
last aspect in mind that I hope most if not all of the PCC will
join me for a day of reflection on what the past year has brought
us in Church and what we might realistically hope to achieve
this coming year of 2016... The 16th of January is the key date
and we shall again be travelling the short journey to St Alban's
church - our partner in 'Closing the Gap', to help us focus on
the task in hand and maybe gain a slightly different perspective
from being outside the parish for a few hours.
challenges that face us as the community of God in this village,
we know that the wider world faces enormous challenges of its
own; whether that be the war against terrorism; climate change;
refugees and how to best care for them and our wonderful but
creaky NHS - on which we all depend so much and about which we
love to moan!
Year Resolutions the PCC come up with - I promise to share them
with you over the next few months. And whatever Resolutions you
are making or challenges you are facing, I pray that you will
find God speaking to you and guiding you along the way.