‘yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour’. In its context, it is a remarkable expression of rejoicing in God. Habakkuk says that when all the supports of human life and earthly happiness are taken away, God will still be his delight, his joy. We also need to remember and lift in prayer those in our own communities who are struggling and feeling overwhelmed by what 2017 may bring. As the psalmist reminds us, ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear …’
And as a family we’re delighted, and a little nervous, as Steve continues with the next stage of his ordination training. My hope and prayer for 2017 is that there will be less division, less hate and less conflict; that there will be instead forgiveness and reconciliation, that there will be more kindness, more care and more compassion. I close with the following words from Romans 15:13, ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’
I wish you all a happy and hope-filled New (Psalm 46:1, 2a). I pray that people will look to Year! Him for that comfort and help and see Him God bless, move in those who offer much needed Anne practical support. A new year does bring anticipation and excitement though. As we begin our journey through this coming year, 2017 promises to be exciting as well as providing challenges. We have a fine variety of teaching to enjoy as Duncan continues to ensure that we have a good mix of people leading our services over the coming months. Steve and I are already planning the next few monthly family services. We’re excited to be welcoming to Pott Shrigley our new priest-in-charge, Rev. David Swales, and his wife Kim sometime towards June.
Thinking of getting married at St Christopher’s? Please contact Pam Cooke who will be pleased to advise: weddings @pottshrigleychurch.org.uk 01625 575010
Electoral Roll Revision Just a reminder that the church electoral roll will be revised during February to ensure it remains an accurate reflection of those who attend church regularly, or who live in the parish. A notice about this was posted in church at the end of January 2017 and the revised roll, together with a list of names of those removed from the roll since the last annual church meeting, will be put up on the noticeboard at the back of church at the beginning of March. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Kath Matheson, Electoral Roll Officer HotPott - February 2017
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