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Group Pastoral Letter for
June 2018

Dear Friends,

 
Time certainly seems to fly the older you get! It does not seem possible, that by the time you read this I will have been retired six months. It is now the month of June and its name is derived from Juno the Roman Goddess. Though it is said the cult of Juno pre-dates Roman times. I wonder whether we should have taken the welsh name for this month which is Mehefin which literally means middle. I get the Puzzler magazine each month and the Editor gives the derivation of a word each month as a way of introducing the puzzles to the subscribers so ....

The first of June is the Saint Day of Justin Martyr (c100 - c165). He came from a well to do family in Flavia Neapolis. Which was a city north of Jerusalem now part of the West Bank. He is believed to be one of the first Christian Apologist who set up a system of thought based on the Logos (the Word) to challenge classical philosophy. A Christian apologist does not apologise for being a Christian.

Though sometimes I do feel our evangelism should have an apology attached to it as it is half hearted. We seem embarrassed that we are trying to tell others about Christ. Matthew at the end of his Gospel records Jesus’ words: Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teach them to observe everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of time.

So, we have a mandate to spread the Good News of Jesus to all the people we meet. So we should be like Justin Martyr we should be Christian Apologists. That is someone who is prepared to defend our belief in the triune God. Namely God; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The dictionary says, that means you are defending your belief in speech and in writing. I would say that is good but equally it should be in the way we live our lives. I think in many ways that speaks just as loudly as the spoken or written words. It really is a case of practising what you preach!

As Paul wrote to the Church in Ephesus we must live up to our calling. If we know we are saved through our Lord Jesus Christ, then our joy should be unbounded even on Monday Mornings and Rainy Days. When we do show what we believe the Holy Spirit will be with us to guide and encourage us as Jesus said He would. Enjoy your summer whether you are at home or away.
 
Blessings to you all,

Guy Morfett

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