Dear Friends

 

Since the beginning of this year my personal devotions have centred on the study of the minor prophets of the Old Testament. Even though they lived something like 2600-2700 years ago their lives and experiences are helpful to us today as we begin to rediscover what it is to the people of God in the twenty first century!

 

Habakkuk who lived 600 years before the birth of Jesus; was a man of prayer. He spent much time just listening and waiting on the Lord; and eventually revelation came:

“Then the Lord answered me and said:
Write the vision;
    make it plain on tablets,
    so that a runner may read it.
 For there is still a vision for the appointed time;
    it speaks of the end, and does not lie.
If it seems to tarry, wait for it;
    it will surely come, it will not delay”   (Habakkuk 2: 2-3)

 

As a circuit we are on a journey of discovering or rediscovering of our vision for the work that God has for us today; I pray that by God’s grace we can all be caught up waiting on God and just listening. I have no doubt that God has much for us to do as we work out his mission for us.

 

At the Methodist Conference this coming summer the newly formed Evangelism and Growth team will bring a report and vision for the church entitled “God for all”

The report highlights how we need to be (1) centred in God; (2) that all can be evangelists; (3) that the church needs equipped lay and ordained people to lead churches through change; (4) that every church can be a growing church; (5) that we need to be a church working at the margins (6) that we need to invest in discipleship and leadership development with children and young people; (7) we need to embrace the internet as our parish through digital evangelism.

 

Much to think and pray about. Maybe as we approach the coming season of Lent we can all spend time just listening and waiting on God’s revelation.

Every blessing to you

 

Mark Davenport

Message from Superintendent Revd. Mark Davenport