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Message from Rev'd. Diane Smith, our minister.

Dear Friends,

I write this piece during the week of Prayers for Christian Unity.

It was a wonderful privilege on Saturday, together with folk from various denominations, to offer prayers at all the churches involved in Churches Together in Felixstowe and together walk the Pilgrimage around the various sites.

Thanks to Sue Hockenhull and John Adams who led prayers at Seaton Road and Trinity Methodist Church.

On Sunday, the 20th January, we gathered at St. Andrews Church of England for what was a most inspiring Churches Together Service.

Paul and Shelia, our friends from Hope Trust, gave a very challenging and inspiring message based on part of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians regarding 'Gifts of the Spirit'. Paul and Shelia spoke of us making sure that we are round pegs in round holes.

In other words encouraging each other to exercise fully our particular gifts.

Both the 'Holy Habits Course' led by Heather Bentley at Seaton Road and the “Disciple Course” lead by Val Jinks and Mike Peck at Trinity, will in different ways and at different times consider the Gifts of the Spirit.

I would urge you, as Paul and Shelia did, to be aware of your own gifts and use them to the best of your ability within the body of Christ in Church and in Community.

I would only want to add one thing more to their excellent sermon. In the Covenant Service as Methodists we are reminded each year when we make our Covenant promises ...

'Christ has many services to be done; some are easy, others are difficult some bring honour, others bring reproach; some are suitable to our natural inclinations and material interest, others are contrary to both.'

Our God is so wonderful and so gracious that even those things that we are not gifted at can be used in God's economy.

We offer to God both those things we sit easy with and the many things we struggle with. St. Paul, who wrote frequently about good and appropriate use of our gifts, also said, “When I am weak then I am strong”. (2 Corinthians 12 verse 10).

"Loving God use every part of us, our natural gifts and graces and those things we find hard."

Amen.

God Bless

Diane