Hastings, Bexhill and Rye Circuit.
Superintendent’s Message – May 2020
The family who live in the house opposite me have created a beautiful rainbow which stretches across the bay window. It is one of many rainbows to be seen displayed in windows brightening our local streets. The rainbows show our support for the NHS and all that keyworkers are doing to support us during the coronavirus pandemic. I expect that children and families have had a lot of fun creating their rainbows and that they bring a smile to the faces of all who pass by.
When we are going through difficult times it is often hard to see the sun shining through the clouds. But the rainbow is a sign of hope and encourages us to look ahead to better things to come in the assurance of knowing that we are always held in God’s love. As George Matheson declares in the hymn ‘O love that wilt not let me go’ where he says, “I trace the rainbow through the rain and feel the promise is not vain, that morn shall tearless be.” (StF 636)
The Bible tells us that “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” These words from Lamentations 3:22-23 have become the foundation for the wonderful hymn ‘Great is thy faithfulness.’ Although we are parted physically from one another we can be united in prayer and praise to God as each day we give thanks for God’s love and care.
Later this month we have the opportunity of joining together in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ a worldwide prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost (21-31 May). The days between Ascension and Pentecost have always been full of expectation and anticipation. Before returning to heaven, Jesus promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower the disciples to continue his mission. As they waited for the fulfilment of Jesus’ promise the disciples spent their time in prayer together.
The Methodist Church has produced a booklet ‘Jesus Loves All’ with readings and prayers for the eleven days of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. A free copy of this went inside the connexion magazine, issue 18, ‘Letting Go’ which many of you will have received. (If you have spare copies perhaps you could pass one on to someone else). The booklet and other resources can also be found on the Methodist Church website. Locally, there will be daily prayers and meditations offered online on our church portals website hbrmethodistcircuit.online which I commend to you.
Let us continue to encourage one another as we pray together for the coming of God’s kingdom.
God Bless you all.
Revd Tricia Williams