Dear St Mark’s church family,
Sunday 13th March will be the last day of my curacy at St Mark’s, before I go off to be Team Vicar in Bilton. It is with a heavy (but thankful) heart that we’ll say goodbye after almost four years here. We’ve had such a wonderful time at St Mark’s, getting to know a wide and interesting group of people, and we’ll miss you very much.
It has been a great place to do my curacy, with such variety of worship styles, traditions, and personalities, and I really appreciate my time with you. I’m especially grateful to Guy for being a brilliant training incumbent (he hasn’t paid me to say that!) and a real example in serving God with passion, humility, and generosity.
In John’s Gospel Jesus says these words to his disciples: ‘I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another’ (John 13:34-35).
Just a couple of chapters later, he repeats the command: ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you’ (John 15:12). When Jesus repeats something we know that it’s really important!
My prayer for St Mark’s is that people will experience and understand the love of God by seeing your love for one another. Church by its nature is a hotchpotch of people, brought together by God’s grace. We are different ages, different backgrounds, different types of people, and in a church the size of St Mark’s all this is amplified. This makes for a glorious challenge! How will we show love for those around us who are different from us?
I leave you with that question, in the assurance that I love you and will miss you! We’re not going far though so hope to see you around soon.
Andy and Claire