From the Manse

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End." Revelation 22:13

For many this time of year is about new beginnings. Our young grandson, Max, for example, will, like many his age see his school days begin this month. No doubt, there will be tears shed for new beginnings can often be traumatic for young children (and their mums) as they experience longer hours of separation than they've previously been accustomed to. At the other end of the educational scale, this month will see many begin their undergraduate journey and while for many it will be a time of great excitement for others there will be anxiety (and maybe tears also) on leaving the comfort and security of home for the first time. We in the Methodist church know that the month of September sees the start of a new church year when many churches and ministers excitedly begin a new ministry together. It is I know from personal experience both a time of excitement but anxiousness also.

Here at Streetly Methodist Church we begin this new church year looking toward the time when our new bio-mass heating system will be installed and operational. And there is a degree of anxiousness in this waiting but excitement also I hope for it does provide an opportunity for a wider vision for the building and our ministry to be gained. Whatever way we each are viewing the days and year ahead, whether with excitement or anxiousness, whatever new beginning we may be making, I would wish to encourage us all to remember to begin with Jesus, for he is the beginning, the alpha of all things. The Bible begins with Jesus. The creation of the universe (Genesis 1:1) was through Jesus. 'In thebeginning was the Word, and the Word was with Sod, and the Word was Sod ... Through him all things were made'(3c\\n 1:1,3). Let us seek then to focus our life, our thoughts, our ministry, our future and everything else on Jesus. Focusing on him let us remember in our thoughts and prayers all those known to us who are facing a new beginning, be it exciting or fearful. Let us pray that we and they may truly be enabled to live each day trusting Jesus to see us through.

And I will trust in you alone
And I will trust in you alone
For your endless mercy follows me
your goodness will lead me home.

(StF481)

For, as scripture makes clear, he is indeed the Alpha and the Omega - our Beginning and our End - The one who will wipe all tears from your eyes.

With Every Blessing

John