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St. David’s Church,  Broom Leys

“Out of the believer’s heart shall flow streams of living water”

‘Growing in Christ, living in faith’

Vicar - Revd. Andrew Rhoades

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Message for May 2018

Reverend Andrew Rhoades

As we move into and through May the days continue to grow longer and we hope that the weather will warm up. It is these changes happening around us that help us to keep note of the seasons. The signs of the physical seasons we see around us tell us that the year is moving on.

In church it is both the physical and the church seasons that we try to keep note of; these remind us year by year of both the life of the church, but also the life and events of Jesus. We celebrate twice in May this year, with both Ascension Day and Pentecost.

Ascension Day, the 40th day of the Easter season, is when we celebrate the return of Jesus Christ to heaven, and Pentecost is when we celebrate the birth of the church and the coming of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the coming of the Holy Spirit was only able to happen because Jesus returned to heaven. The Holy Spirit came to enable the disciples to witness to the good news of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection and share it with the whole world. This is the commission that we, the church, 2000 years later, have inherited and the commission we try to fulfil each and every day.

The church celebrates these events 11 days apart and this time has traditionally been seen by the church as a time to celebrate, but also to pray for the world and the work of the Holy Spirit as we wait to celebrate its coming at Pentecost.

We too at St. David’s will celebrate these occasions and we will follow the call of our Archbishops to use this 11 day season to pray for our family, friends, neighbours, community and nation, that God’s kingdom will come in the lives of all of us. This is something we pray for every time we repeat the prayer we have been given by Jesus Christ, “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name, Your Kingdom Come”, we pray. I am sure that nearly all of us have people we know who we would love to come to faith, friends or neighbours and members of our family.

To help us there will be many events happening over those 11 days, many opportunities for us to share in prayer and be led and helped in our praying and times when we can pray together.

I would very much encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities and pray that God’s Kingdom comes in the lives of our family, friends, neighbours, communities and nation.


Revd. Neil Griffiths,
April 2018

A Seasonal Church