the Rescuer is here and waiting to hear from you

Dear Friends

October was a tough month in the news media. As I write, I reflect the natural disasters that have occurred in various parts of the world. The earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia; the flash floods in Majorca; Storm Michael across the lower eastern seaboard of the US; and the battering of Wales and the West Country through Storm Callum. All of these have brought loss of life, livelihood or community, in some cases all three. Some of the scenes we have witnessed on our screens have been hearth rending. They were, however, tempered with the stories of rescue, of life, of hope for the future to rebuild, and scenes of rescued families reunited with joy and happiness.   Words like hope, rescue, save, reunited, restored, joy and happiness are very familiar to the Christian and they are particularly poignant at this time of the year for St. Gabriel’s as we prepare for our Service and Act of Remembrance for Remembrance Sunday in the church on Sunday 11th November at 10.30am. This year will be special remembrance as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ‘war to end all wars’. Please do come along to this important occasion.   More importantly words like hope, rescue, reunite and save take on even greater meaning as Christmas approaches. It is at this time of the year that we begin to prepare again to celebrate the birth of our Saviour Lord Jesus Christ who came to this earth, born as a human baby, to rescue and save each one of us that we might not be lost but reunited and restored to God.   We may sometimes feel in our lives that we are trapped by circumstances: families, relationships, finance, health or just the hectic pace of life. If this is you then the good news is that the Rescuer is here and waiting to hear from you. He is waiting to rescue, restore and save you and all you need to do is call out to Him.   As the Christmas preparations gather pace this year I pray that you may be able to celebrate the true joy of a Saviour. If you want to know more, please do come along to St. Gabriel’s on a Sunday morning at 10.30am, you will always find a welcoming hand.   Your friend and vicar Revd. Arthur Vicar, St. Gabriel’s 01256 324734