New Year! Sun 14th Jan 18

We are now moving into the third week of the New Year. For many that means that well-intended resolutions are becoming increasingly difficult to keep and their renewed optimism is being replaced by a harsher reality. I am therefore very thankful that we chose to begin our year together, not by trusting in our own strength, but by seeking God together with Wallingford Baptist Church.

I am sure that all those who gathered on Saturday evening, who prayed during the night or who were part of our united Sunday morning celebration would testify to the presence of God among us. In light of their experience, so many have already asked me about what is next? In answer to their question; I am convinced that it is essential that we continue to draw aside in order to see what God is doing and to hear what he is saying. Although there is a very real desire to launch a new agenda or yet another programme, we must ensure that we bless what God is doing and don’t presume his blessing on what we imagine to be a great idea!

I leave you with the words we looked last week when God speaks to Zerubbabel through the prophet Zechariah and states ‘it is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit ‘ (Zech 4:6). We trust that this be evidenced in our lives and church throughout the coming year.

Yours and His, Gareth