Rev. David Bartholomew (our Interim Moderator)

Trusting God in Uncertain Times

Dear Friends, We live in uncertain and troubled times. We do not know what lies ahead for the world in the next few years, and many people are anxious and fearful when they look to the future. There are many prophets of doom predicting financial crashes, environmental catastrophes and political instability.

But God calls us to find peace and security in him even in the midst of the storms of this life. He calls us to put down deep roots into Christ that we might draw nourishment from his love to sustain us on life’s journey (Eph. 3.17-19). He calls us to find a new meaning and identity in him, in which we are built together as members of his body and grow up more and more into him, allowing his power to transform us more into his image – ‘until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work’ (Eph. 4.13-16). So, rather than throwing up our arms in helplessness, we are called to work together in the strength of the Lord to build that better world that we long for.

In Proverbs 3.5-8 we read, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.’ Trust in the Lord. Have faith in him, and he will direct your paths. We need to look up to the horizon of God’s promises and rest in the assurance that he is with us and will not abandon us, rather than focussing on the things around us that can too easily fill us with fear and anxiety and disappointment.

As your new interim moderator I have been encouraged to learn of the ways that the congregation has been moving forward in the last months. Now a Nominating Committee has been formed and you have begun the process of looking for a new minister. I hope it won’t be too long before I am able to step back; meantime I am happy to be a support in any way I can. I pray that each one of you will know God’s blessings in the days ahead.

With all good wishes.

David Bartholomew
Interim Moderator