Carpenders Park Church - Caring and Sharing in the Community

ELDERS' MESSAGE

 

Dear All.

Gosh! May is here already! This year seems to be flying by to me, and I haven’t got used to writing “2017” yet! As time goes by, so changes occur. Very little remains the same. Some changes are good; some not so good.

I am reminded of the words Ruth had during our recent time of waiting on the Lord – God brings change into our lives; we shouldn’t be scared; there will be change; God allows it. There was also the number 4, which could mean the 4 points of the compass, possibly referring to a change in direction, or changes in directions.

This coupled with the picture (unusual for me!) that I had of a giant figure of Jesus with His arms outstretched to the sides with a group of people (us, I believe) in front of Him, looking at Him.

I felt that God was saying that He is in control and has our best at heart in the midst of change(s) that He is allowing. As always, these are matters for our encouragement and prayer as we focus on Him to lead us forward as a church into the next phase of our journey with Him.

On the 20th of this month we celebrate our Church Anniversary (33 years of continuing change!) with Dave & Mandy Scott-Morgan, late of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) presenting an evening of music and testimony. This is a tremendous opportunity and we need to be praying about who we could invite along to this special time.

Then, on Saturday 27th we have our church Away Day at Christ Church Chorleywood, when we are hoping to conclude the decision-making process about the future of ministry in CPC.

Change doesn’t necessarily feel comfortable to us, but I do believe that with God’s help we can not only cope with change but even embrace it, and in the midst of such change(s), receive the blessings that our loving heavenly Father has in store for us at this time.

Remember, God is unchanging in His love and mercy, grace and forgiveness toward each and every one of us, He has set us apart to be like His Son and we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us (Malachi 3:6, Lamentations 3:22,23, Romans 8:29 and Philippians 4:13).

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

 

                                                  

With lots of love in Jesus, 

 Paul