Sunday 22nd November 2020
This weekend we’re privileged to feature a message from Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, as part of our worship service. There is also a brief message from Glen Cormack of New Life Baptist Church, Northallerton, as they are the focus for our prayers this weekend.
John Claydon’s Sabbatical – John is now away, firstly on holiday and then for his sabbatical – so he will not be available to us until the New Year. In the intervening time a few of us are covering for him, in particular me, Elaine Webster and Tony Ruddle. In the first instance please do come to me for pastoral or ministry matters; to Elaine for administrative concerns; and to Tony for matters relating to the governance of the NBA such as the Council and the transition plans for the Association. If in doubt, I’m happy to be your first port of call. Obviously, you’re not going to be having any difficulties or problems during this time, so the NBA team are confidently looking forward to a very quiet couple of months! But seriously, please remember that we are here and available to help you.
A Reflection – As the pandemic drags on and I sense there is a growing weariness and discouragement at the ongoing restrictions and disruption which seem to be with us for quite a while yet, may I take this opportunity to share with you some thoughts which were shared by one of our church members in a prayer gathering this morning. She likened our current experience to the exile of Judah and from Jeremiah 29 reminded us that firstly it’s OK to be honest with God – and others – and lament; that we are called to settle down for the long haul; that God still has good plans for us and through us for others; that God wants us to be a blessing and to seek his blessing for the communities in which we live; that he calls us to seek him wholeheartedly and make this our aim at this time – and that he promises to come to us.