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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman
 

Dear Friends,

'Happy New Year'

As we move into 2019 it has been said that we are living in uncertain times. Uppermost in the thinking of many is the question of our future relationship with the European Union which, at the time of writing, is still not resolved. This proposed political and economic development is seen by some as full of new opportunities, while for others, it is a risky unnecessary change. But for all of us, it is the same unknown path that we will all tread. This, along with ongoing international tensions and the unpredictability of certain world leaders, we might well worry about what this new year will bring!

However, we are in reality always in uncertain times, although they may seem easier to predict on other occasions. We never know what is around the corner, whether in terms of our personal or family lives, or in relation to our national or international situations.

At the heart of the Christian life is the call to faith. This is not about  the acceptance of a set of religious ideas and practices, but rather the call to trust. For faith is not concerned with what we believe in but in whom we trust.  Christian faith is about trusting in what God has made known to us in Jesus Christ. In Him we see God's loving purposes clearly lived out.

In the light of what we see in Jesus  there is nothing really to fear and everything to hope for, regardless of what we will encounter in the months ahead. As one of the Christmas carols says; ' .. the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee..'  May we all look forward to a great year ahead, whatever may come our way.

 

With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Paul Seaman  (Rector of Pulborough)


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