Our Minister, Rev’d Dr Peter Levitt, sends the following Message for the month of June 2018 ….
As we move into the last quarter of this particular Methodist Church Year, I can’t help but think of the hymn ‘Through all the changing scenes of life’, by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady.
Every summer for the past 36 years I’ve been in this position and even though serving in an ecumenical appointment this hymn has popped into my mind again because it continues to be relevant.
This year it has a particular resonance for me with the prospect of ‘sitting down’ in August with all the changes that will bring.
I’m one of those who has been able to welcome change, thankfully, maybe because of my science background or because we criss-crossed the country when I was little because of my father’s work.
So change has not been a problem for me and I’ve always been able to look forward to it.
Maybe that will change when I ‘sit down’!
We move into the summer quarter having celebrated Pentecost again and I’m so glad we have this particular Christian Festival.
To hear again what happened to the Apostles in that house in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Risen and Glorified Jesus and the Spirit of the Creator God, energised them and they were empowered to face change which transformed their lives; this is, I think, just what we need to face the future with our loving Heavenly Father – whatever that future holds.
As the first and last verses of the hymn I mentioned above say so simply and directly –
‘Through all the changing scenes of life
in trouble and in joy,
the praises of my God shall still
my heart and tongue employ.
Fear him, you saints, and you will then
Have nothing else to fear;
Make you his service your delight,
Your wants shall be his care.’
You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.