Bishop Alastair writes...

Moving in the Spirit

As I approach the end of my time as Bishop of Derby, amidst interviews and farewells, I am conscious of three strong themes.

Thanks Be To God

First, a sense of thankfulness for so many gifted fellow workers in the vineyard, and the range of opportunities for worship and witness offered to us.  It has been an enormous privilege to be part of so many vibrant, creative and effective streams of outreach and service. Thanks be to God.

Lord Have Mercy

And yet there is a strong sense of how much more might have been achieved.  People, projects, possibilities that could have been better supported or more imaginatively developed.  In this role opportunities arise because of huge trust and hope invested in the Bishop, and as I reflect on my ministry I am conscious of failings and causing frustrations.  Oneness in the forgiving love of Jesus Christ provides grace and hope. Lord have mercy.

Lord Hear Our Prayer

What binds us together as a Diocese is the common thread of daily prayer and public worship.  This heartbeat of the manifestation of the Body of Christ we are invited to be in Derby and Derbyshire, is something each of us is called to step into, and sometimes to step away from; yet the lifting up of our hearts will keep us joined in God’s greater enterprise, and give us the grace to continue to be one in seeking His blessing and guidance for the witness of His Church in our times.  Lord hear our prayer.

To Him Who Is Able

It is with this prayerful confidence that I want to say thank you, forgive my failings, and rejoice with me in the continuation of our common callings.

“Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus for all generations, for ever and ever”.  (Ephesians 320).


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