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Trinity Methodist Church Gregson Lane, Hoghton, Preston, PR5 0ED

Minister: Revd. A. Webb Telephone 01772 323818

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Published December 2018

A Happy Christmas and a Blessed New Year to everyone from Trinity Methodist Church

Dear Friends

As I write his letter I am in a time of waiting. I am waiting to find out where the Methodist church is stationing me for my next ministerial appointment.

Waiting is never easy and means living with uncertainty which we can find unsettling.

Yet part of waiting is also about trust. We have to trust that God will lead and guide us in the future plans he has for us.

Advent is a time of waiting and also a time of trust. We wait once more to celebrate the birth of Jesus but in doing so we also trust that through advent God will journey with us.

It is interesting that for us in the UK advent comes at the darkest time of year when the days are getting shorter.

This is our lead up to Christmas, one of increasing darkness.

It is good for us to remember the words of John chapter 1 which we often read at midnight on Christmas eve as we gather at church.

 The light shines in darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it.’

For each of us this waiting time will be different. I am aware of those who are waiting in hope for babies in the spring.

Of those waiting in anxiety for operations or treatment.

Those waiting in excitement as new beginnings and opportunities make themselves known.

Those in uncertainty because of job uncertainty or financial pressures.

Whatever our advent is like may we know the presence of the God of love and light.

May we know the joy and peace his presence can bring, and when Christmas comes may we be ready to celebrate once again ‘Immanuel’ or ‘God with us’.

Grace and peace Andrew.

Congrataulations to Rev Andrew Webb on his appointment as Superintendent Minister in the Skipton and Grassington Circuit from September 2019