Dear Church Family
It's a great honour to be a Vicar. Especially of a resourcing church like The Belfrey. Sometimes people ask me what I do. No day is the same. Yesterday for example - Thursday - was quite a long but good day. As usual it began with feeding the dog and letting out the chickens (we have 5 chickens now, which is very exciting!) followed by a mug of tea to sip as I read the Bible and prayed. I then shared breakfast with some of the family before going to St Cuthbert's for Staff Prayers. It was good to pray with the team as we committed the day and each other to the Lord. After that, rather than go back to the Parish Centre I spent the rest of the morning in the House of Prayer, praying with another 15 or so people at the 10am-12noon Revival Prayer Meeting. It was excellent - as we worshipped and prayed for our city and region, and then for the people of Mexico struggling after the recent earthquakes and for the Caribbean communities devastated by hurricanes. It thought to myself that it's good to be part of a people who are 'devoted to prayer' (Colossians 4:2).
From there I met up with Sam and we went to spend time with someone who we see every month who has a medical condition that has no medical cure. For over two years we've been going to their home every month to catch up and to pray. We're committed to this, as we want to support and Jesus also said that disciples 'should always pray and never give up' (Luke 18:1). Then back to the Parish Centre to catch up with one or two staff members and spend time with Ruth (who is such a brilliant Assistant!) going through some emails (she sees them all unless they're marked 'confidential'), planning diaries and looking ahead. Then back to The Vicarage to have a few minutes with the family and tidy up my evening talk, before driving in teatime traffic to Halifax.
I spent the evening at the Halifax Gratitude Dinner, where church leaders in the city were thanked for their hard work and dedication to the town. It was great to meet men and women who are serving faithfully and hear stories of how they're making a big difference, many in the most deprived communities in the area. It was my honour to be the after-dinner speaker and I hope what I shared encouraged them as they seek to see God's Kingdom come in Halifax as it is in heaven.
That was my Thursday. Today is different. As will be tomorrow. Maybe it's like that for you, or maybe most days are rather similar. Even if that's the case, don't forget that as followers of Christ, whatever we do we do in his Name, knowing Jesus is with us, encouraging us and equipping us to bring his Kingdom of right-living, peace and joy to others - as we walk in the Spirit (Romans 14:17).
May today and this weekend be a time when we, the people of The Belfrey, see more of God's good Kingdom impacting others - through our prayers and actions. May he open our eyes to see what he is doing, and raise our expectations to believe for even greater things in York and the North.