Letter from the Vicar

Dear Friends

Failing to open your post can have serious consequences. Actress Helen McCrory has revealed that she once got a call from her agent, urging her to tell the Cabinet Office whether she intended to accept an OBE. “It’s the last day to let them know,” he said. She confessed she hadn’t even opened the letter! “It had an official stamp on it,” she told Woman and Home magazine, “so I thought it was a parking ticket.”

Imagine how disappointed she would have been to miss out on the award because she failed to read and accept the invitation!

Do you know that the Bible is like an invitation to us from God? Yet many don’t open it or accept the wonderful things God offers us. For example, Jesus makes us this wonderful promise: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

What is this ‘rest’ Jesus is offering us? He is not promising us an easy trouble-free life. The rest Jesus offers us is a rest from every burden that makes us weary and weighs us down. Do you ever feel weary and burdened? Of course you do! I know I do. But Jesus can give us rest! Do you feel a heavy load on your heart? Jesus can give you rest! Do you feel weighed down by anxiety, stress, fear or uncertainty? Jesus can give you rest! Do you worry about things all the time? Come to Jesus and he will give you rest. Do you feel burdened by feelings of failure and disappointment? Jesus can give you rest! Do you feel loaded with guilt because of something you’ve done in the past? Jesus can give you the rest. He can give you the peace and comfort of knowing God loves, forgives and accepts you as one of his children.

Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” It is a wonderful personal invitation to each one of us. Will you accept it? Will you come to Jesus and believe that he really is the Lord and Saviour of the world?

Revd. Matt Williams

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Revd. Matt Williams
Vicar, St. Paul’s Church