Janet`s letter to the Community

Dear Friends

Regular worshippers may remember that in September 2017, during our All Age Sunday morning service, I asked those present to write on a piece of paper the questions they would ask Jesus if he came into the church right then.  Nearly everyone participated, including some of our youngest members.  We collected the pieces of paper and I was both impressed and moved by the questions submitted.  A very significant number of those questions related to issues of evil and suffering in the world: “why is there sin in this world?”  “why is there so much conflict and hatred in the world today?” “why does God allow such dreadful devastation and loss of life in natural disasters?” “why does it seem that some people or families have so many burdens to bear?” “why have I not been healed?”   There were many more and I have been thinking about how to respond to them ever since.

Well – finally – there is a plan!  During the Sundays in Lent the sermons will attempt to explore some of those huge questions.  I should make it clear – I don’t claim to be able to provide simple answers, or, perhaps even more importantly, to be able to take away the pain behind the experiences that provoke them, but I will try to set out how we can form a Christian response.

So – not an answer, but a response as we seek to live our Christian lives in a very imperfect world.  Of one thing I’m completely convinced: God loves us and all his creation.  He understands our cries of pain and confusion, and our longing for the world to be a better place. He wants this too.  We will explore together.

With every blessing,

Janet


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