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New Seasons 1st Sep 21

I don’t want to me a harbinger of doom, but I sense that Autumn is in the air. Over the last couple of days, I have noticed the temperature drop early morning and seen Tracey grab a blanket in an evening. As surely as night follows day, the seasons rotate as the years roll on.

I was reminded this morning of a lovely passage from the Song of Solomon. The song is primarily a love poem, filled with intimate and even erotic imagery. However, given that Paul reminds us that marriage reflects the union between Christ and his church (Eph 5:32) the Song in many ways is allegorical. Indeed, from start to finish it reminds us of the precious relationship that we now have with Jesus. In the Second Chapter, Solomon quotes the Young Woman saying, Look, the winter is past, and the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come, and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air.” The woman is not only celebrating her lover, but their new beginning which is offered by the advent of Spring.

In the same way, I believe that as a church are entering a new season. What we have been through over the last few months has been stretching and challenging Yet, by God’s grace we are starting to regather and focus on the mission he has given us. That is, not only to know him, but to make him known.

With this in mind, I want to ask you to pray for Will, Sarah and Grace Bassett as they move to Didcot today. Ask that they would know God’s peace and provision as they settle in to the area and Will takes up his role as Pastor of Ridgeway Didcot from next Monday.

Yours and His,