A Time of New Beginnings

Dear friends
It’s already 2010!
Lots of people came to celebrate at our Christmas services across m2o. It was a particularly special Christmas for those who became Christ followers on Alpha -this was the first Christmas that really was Christmas.
At the St Matthew’s morning service this week people made commitments to new beginnings, and many of us will have been taking stock and seeking fresh direction for our lives as we began a new decade.
Christmas is a reminder of God’s great gift to us, and now we have the gift of a new year with all of its possibilities. I was recently reminded of this when my Bible readings returned to Genesis chapter 1, which concludes with these words:
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
With all of the new beginnings and familiar ‘continuings’ of a new year, it is easy for activity to take over. I have also been challenged by these words:
 “Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted." (Psalm 127 : 1)
We believe it is right that we renew the call to prayer and fasting that we have received in the past. We are encouraging people to fast on Thursdays, this is also the day of our weekly 7.15am prayer meeting. There is some useful information about fasting on our website www.m2o.org.uk, follow the link to ‘Prayer’ under the ‘St Matthew’s Church’ heading.
We are also restarting the pre-service prayer meeting at St Matthew’s Church - twenty minutes to focus on God, and to pray for his kingdom in our lives, our church and through us to the world around us. We will meet in the Prayer Room, on the left at the front of the church building (9.40-10.00am Sundays).
Alpha begins again soon on – we are praying for lots of people to come along, particularly people from New Bilton. Kid’s Club and Messy Church kick off at Overslade, which will be a lot of fun and a great place for children and grown-ups to get to know Jesus.
God has great things for all of us in 2010 – both in new beginnings and in familiar patterns.
Happy New Year!
Tim Norman, Associate Vicar
“LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD.
Renew them in our day, in our time make them known” (Habakkuk 3:2)

Tim Norman, 08/01/2010