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by ben last modified 19 Apr, 2018 04:17 PM

By the The Rt Revd Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne

One thing is for certain, Christians are never stationary! In fact as followers of ‘The Way’ we are all Pilgrim People, moving through life with Christ and being changed and challenged as we go.

As Easter gives way to Ascension and Pentecost in May, we are reminded of the change in the first disciples, as they were invited to wait for God’s power to come upon them and then gradually move out to be Christ’s witnesses, in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria and to the end of the earth as they shared what they had experienced with others.

We are being invited during this season to pray for those who have not yet experienced the changing power of God in their lives.

It is also a great time of movement in the diocese as we seek a new Bishop of Ramsbury and say goodbye to the Archdeacon of Sherborne. Please join me too in praying that God will be preparing the right people to take up those roles. We pray also for the new Dean as he joins us in September.

With significant people leaving and arriving, the story of the diocese will change, building on what has gone before. God will lead us into new ventures.

The stories of our lives too are important and if we are going to be witnesses in Wiltshire, Dorset, and to the ends of the earth, we are called to share what God has done with others.

My pilgrimages which take place soon are aimed at helping us do just that - as we follow the stories of the saints who have gone before, and in the paths of many pilgrims of old, sharing what God has done with friend and stranger. This will not only connect us to the past, but give us confidence for the future, renewing our hope as a pilgrim people.

Wherever you are going remember God is with you, and that your story of God’s love and hope may be just what someone else needs to hear.

Taken from the latest edition of Grapevine. Page here

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