Thought of the Month
Endings. What sort of ending do you like to have? A cliff-hanger? Everything all neatly solved and happy? Something in between? If you had a choice what sort of ending would you like? Peaceful? Sudden? Planned?
Generally, we don't like endings because they mean change. This month the circuit has seen two ministers reach an end - John Hardaker has moved to St Albans; Jenny Spouge is going to continue her exploration of ministry, leaving us as Graham comes.
Endings, changes, beginnings can be unsettling. We feel comfortable, settled, happy and then people move on and other people come in. Sometimes it feels hard to be open and let people be who they are - we sometimes wish for new people to be like old people so that change feels less threatening or anxious.
Endings also happen at other times, in other ways. People move; people become ill; people die. We aren't very good at talking about death or dying. We try to hide behind the stiff upper lip of self-control. Yet the truth is all of us will experience the sadness of people dying - family, friends, partners. We may have to face it many times.
When people die it hurts. It hurts because we love people and we feel sorrowful, sad and full of regrets that the precious times we have had will be no longer. Our Christian faith is optimistic about death; we believe that death is not the end, but life continues. We look at the resurrection of Jesus as a foundation of this belief and the teaching of Jesus confirming that belief. But the sadness and sense of loss remain. It is an ending.
So, we come back to endings, what sort of endings do we like? I would want all endings to be good endings. We admit it is happening, we don't try to pretend otherwise. We talk about the feelings we have, all of them, anger, frustration, anticipation, joy. We talk about the changes. We plan for the differences. We find a way of thanking God who is both unchanging and forever new.
When endings happen, we know that there will mixed feelings, we know that somethings cannot be easy. We know though that we either have to cope with the inevitable or wish the best for people. Endings happen, they are part of God's way for us. Endings are never failure, they are moments of change and transition. It doesn't make them easier but working to have good endings, even if it is hard, makes for a better future. Good endings take away regrets and prevents the past holding too much power over us. Good endings place us firmly in the presence of God and we experience the life and hope that he brings us.
We are situated by the crossroads right at the heart of Stotfold. We extend a warm welcome to everyone, whether local residents or those 'just passing through'.
The present building was built in 1869 and still serves the local community.
Our Sunday morning services usually take place at 10am, although a couple in the month start at 9.30am. Check on the 'Sunday Worship' page to make sure.
One of our monthly services is based around the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
See the 'Sunday Worship' page for details of our Services.
This Month's Quote
Let no one seek their own interest, but rather the good of others. Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.