Bishop’s letter to parishes

As a vicar one thing I really enjoyed, even though it seemed to come round rather quickly, was writing the letter for the parish magazine. I know that not all parishes are able to produce a parish magazine and some find a website is a better way to communicate with people, however, I do still appreciate reading them when I can. So I would like to express my thanks to all those involved in writing, editing and producing parish magazines. They are often still an effective way to share what we are doing in our churches and to share with others the good news of the gospel.

Recently I was reading one which had an article by someone recalling a visit made to the north west of the USA some 40 years ago. They spoke about the warmth of their welcome and the joy of being invited to preach in the church. What caught my eye, was that they remembered visiting Lake Wallowa where it is said: ‘the air is so pure and the sky so clear that one can see the dawn of the day after tomorrow!’ What a glorious expression. Of course, the truth is that we don’t know what the future holds and at the moment things are challenging and uncertain for all of us and indeed for the world.

One night recently when I was in hospital, unable to sleep and waiting for the dawn to break, I found myself singing the words of ‘One More Step Along the Way’ I go which has the chorus: ‘And it’s from the old I travel to the new, Keep me travelling along with you’. Maybe as we look to the future, with the joys and challenges that it will bring, that should be our prayer – Lord help us to travel with you wherever you may be leading.

With my warmest greetings,

Bishop Peter


This letter was distributed in the Manna Mailing to magazine editors for use November parish and village magazines, noticeboards and more.

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