Pastoral Letter

Dear Friends, 

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

As the crisis due to Coronavirus intensifies and takes its toll, the UK Government has been briefing us daily. One of the people who have been front and centre of the decision-making and communication of messages to the public and who has been appearing with Boris Johnson is Professor Chris Whitty. Prof Whitty is the UK Government Chief Medical Adviser. He has been described by a BBC Health Editor, Hugh Pym, as “The man with our lives in his hands.”

While Prof Whitty has been doing a great job, however, without being disrespectful to him, I would like simply to say that thankfully he is not the man with our lives in hands. Though we are so grateful and thankful to have such a super health care provider as the NHS, it is important to remember that it is God our Creator who has our lives in his hands. Here below are just a few passages, among many, that speak of this truth.

In his pain and anguish, Job said: “In his [i.e. the Lord’s] hand is the life of every creature” (Job 12:10)

As he was pursued by cruel enemies who were seeking his life, David put his trust in God saying to Him: “My times are in your hands” (Psalm 31:15)

Speaking to the people of Athens as “the most learned, civilized, philosophical, highly educated, artistic, intellectual population on the face of the globe” of his time, Paul told them about God who made the world and everything in it. He said to them that: “in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:24-28).

May we be assured and encouraged in knowing that our lives are in God’s most powerful, loving and caring hands. Perhaps you can remember the song entitled: “He’s got the whole in His hands”!

A quick update from the Leadership…

1. We continue to meet as leaders via video conference(s) 

2. As a Church we will be having, God willing, a prayer meeting online every Wednesday evening (7– 8pm).

3. God willing, we will have a Local (St Andrews and its surroundings) Day of Prayer and Fasting on Wednesday 1st April 2020. This will be hosted online by all the churches in St Andrews. More details on this item and the previous one to follow.

4. We kindly continue to encourage each other to keep showing more love and being more caring to our neighbours whenever possible.

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He grant you sufficient strength to face each day.

Yours in His service,

Abi Ngunga