Dear Friends

One of the things that we all have in common is that there are special “landmarks” in each of our lives. From a tiny baby we have those landmarks of our first tooth, our first words and our first steps. As we grow we have our first day at school, our first date and our first job and the list goes on.

Each of us have our own way of celebrating our special landmarks. There are those of us who just love to party and enjoy celebrating on a big scale, others might prefer a quiet meal with friends and family. However we choose to celebrate these occasions are special.

This month the Nation is celebrating a particular landmark in the life of our Queen. In June we celebrate her 90th birthday. (Well actually she was 90years old on the 21st April). I am guessing that many of our readers will have memories of attending street parties, connected to special landmarks in the life of our Queen’s reign. Whether we are royalists or not, one cannot help but admire both her commitment to serve as monarch and the dignity in which she has carries out her duties.

The Bible Society has published a booklet to mark this special occasion entitled The Servant Queen and the King She Serves.(copyright 2016, Bible Society, HOPE LICC). The booklet reminds us of her Christmas message in 2002 when she said “I know just how much I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad” She also spoke of putting her trust in God and drawing strength from the message of hope in the Christian gospel. The King who she serves is described in Isaiah 53 as the suffering servant and in many other places in the bible Jesus is described as one who came to serve. It is a real joy to be able to serve both God and one another.

Whatever the rest of this year brings, good times or bad, we do have a servant King in Jesus, who longs to walk through these times with us. That to me is something really worth celebrating. May the message of hope found in the Christian gospel be with you all.

Rev. Eileen