I look forward to meeting with you soon and hearing your story- who you are, what excites you about living in the most beautiful part of Cornwall(!) and what your hopes are. Stories are an important part of any community and 2021 seems like it will bring a new chapter in many ways.
The most important thing you need to know about me is that I have a wonderful wife, Vicky, and three lovely sons: Jamie (7), Josh (5) and Charlie (5). You will hear the boys before you see them! We look forward to making Padstow our home; we are familiar with the area and have spent the past 12 years regularly visiting Trevone and surrounding areas and Vicky has strong links to Trevone that go back four generations.
We are looking forward to all that God has in store. I am deeply grateful to have been ‘called’ by the church to this place, as well as hear of the heart and desire of the benefice to reach the next generations. Amen!
We are in his hands
God said to Jeremiah, “Up on your feet! Go to the potter’s house. When you get there, I will tell you what I have to say.” (1-2) “Watch this potter. In the same way that this potter works his clay, I work on you…” (6) Jeremiah 18
Vicky, Jamie, Josh, Charlie and I are looking forward to being with you in January. We are also looking forward to 2021, a year that will bring change, new freedom, new unknowns and new opportunities!
Traditionally, December is a time of anticipation, gatherings, busyness, lots of singing and festivity. It is also a season of light; we celebrate the Saviour arriving, he is Jesus the Christ, the mighty but humble king. Through Jesus God reveals that he wants to be with us and the course of history is changed forever. The image is of the true light arriving and God wanting to be with us. I hope you are able to find light in the darkness and people to share joy with. It is so important to be connected, even if this year has felt so disconnected.
January is a time of anticipation of a different sort, a new year, a new start and looking forward to longer, brighter days. I think this year more than any other will be a time of looking forward to a better and more hope-filled future. Many conversations I have had with people in 2020 have centred around ‘what is really important?’ And so we should approach 2021. Will we attempt to hit the ‘reset’ button and try to replicate 2019, or will we see it as a time to reimagine and perhaps discover a deeper meaning and purpose that God has for each of us?
The account of Jeremiah’s encounter with the potter is remarkable in several ways. God demonstrates that the everyday activity and work itself can allow God to speak. We see God speak and be present outside of a temple and in the ordinary. We also see something of God’s nature as Creator but also as utterly loving. When the clay (us!) misbehaves, wobbles and becomes mis-shapen, he wants to put his hands around us and re-shape and mould us. God is a God of the ordinary, of you and me. His heart is to be close and have his hand in all that we are and do. He also wants clay he can work with! In the next season we have a choice; will we be open to what his hands have in store? Will we allow ourselves to be shaped as he wants?
The reassurance from this image is that God wants to speak, he wants to be present in our lives, he wants to put his hands around us and create something useful for his kingdom. We have a choice; what kind of clay will we be in his hands?