Dear Christ the Redeemer parish family,
I feel very blessed to begin to serve as your Interim Rector. I sense God’s hand upon this parish and know that the Holy Spirit is going to guide us through the challenges that we face. As Bishop Andrew reminded us in his sermon on Sunday, “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). That is a truth that we can absolutely depend upon. Truly, God is already at work pouring grace, mercy and goodness upon us, inviting us to turn to him to receive all that he has for us. During the coming months we will be looking to see and to discern together the goodness God has for us.
It has been a very difficult year in so many ways. The life of the Body of Christ here at Christ the Redeemer has been fragmented due to Covid restrictions as well as anxieties, emotions and actions that have further divided us. In the midst of turmoil and anxiety it is easy to find ourselves caught up in personal agendas or our own ideas for how things ought to be. Yet God is inviting us to quiet the inner voices that are clamoring for attention, and to listen for the still small voice of the Father. The Holy Spirit is inviting us to turn in complete trust to God, as children turn to their Father in times of anxiety and turmoil. Our heavenly Father longs to embrace us with comfort and reassurance. We can lean into his love.
Next Sunday, April 18th, we will begin having services in the church building that will be very simple and I hope nourishing and comforting for your souls. Fr. Malcolm and Fr. Ray will be leading this first service together as I will be out of town, but I will be back to lead the service on April 25th. Further details are below.
Let us pray together for God’s grace, mercy and goodness to be poured out upon this church as we listen carefully for the voice of the Father, who loves us beyond measure.
“Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
Canon Susie Skillen