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A New Year Message from the Priest in Charge.

The poet, Minnie Louise Haskins, wrote the poem ‘God Knows’ better known as the ‘Gate of the Year’. The opening verse reads…

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” 
And he replied: 
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.” 
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East. 

As we enter this New Year, we do so with trepidation. 2020 held so much change, worry and uncertainty; now we approach 2021 with a mixture of hope and uncertainty wondering what it will have in store for us. Let me encourage you to “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.”

Christ came at Christmas as the light for the world, for all people. Let us step out into this New Year trusting in that light, trusting in the love of God, and holding firm to his hand. Together we can be confident that God will lead us safely through whatever the New Year may bring. 

May God richly bless our churches and all of us in this year ahead.

Happy New Year,

Rev'd Clive