Letter from Graeme

Thank you all for your prayers and support for the ordination service 2 weeks ago. It was a very blessed and joyful event and one I can honestly say was, for me, full of encounters. It was a wonderful blessing to meet and welcome so many of you in the Cathedral before the service. Thank you for making such an effort to get there, I know it was challenging. Thanks also to those who were praying either here at church or at home, that was so important and much appreciated. It was very moving to share the day so many of the people Steph and I have journeyed with over the years, especially my close family. I was delighted that Rev Jude, Rev Richard, and my long term journeyman best friend Rev Dave Bowler were able to be there also, I cant tell you how much they have meant to me over the years.

 

Perhaps the greatest moment of encounter for me was when Bishop Tim laid his hands on me. The presence of the Holy Spirit and Gods love for me was almost overwhelming – I struggled to stay upright. A moment of Gods presence that will always stay with me

 

All in all it was one of the most blessed and joyous days of my life. Thank you so much for sharing it with me.

Thank you all also, for the wonderful cards and messages of support. We love the patio set the church gave us and are so thankful for all the individual gifts we have received from many of you, thank you so much.

I look back with thankfulness to God for the journey we have shared in this wonderful parish of All Saints.  One of the great privileges has been sharing significant times both of enormous joy and sorrow. I pray in those important moments that something of the love and grace and power of God has been encountered.

As I look back over my time at All Saints I have been enormously blessed with those I have met and worshiped with; for all the people whose contribution makes All Saints the place it is and to them I offer my sincere thanks.  I pray that God through the Holy Spirit will continue to bless and sustain this church in this place. His purposes exceed all we can desire and hope for; all we are asked to do is be faithful to his loving and gracious will.

The Lord bless you
and keep you;

the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’

 

In him,

 

Graeme

 

 

 
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