Kirk Braddan

A Letter from the Curate

From the May edition of Branch, the Kirk Braddan parish magazine

Dear friends

Martin Luther once said, "God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars."

God certainly wrote the gospel of new life and the glory of creation this Easter, with the beautiful lilies, symbols of loveliness and purity, creatively displayed by our skilled flower-arrangers. We can but give thanks to God and to them.

Many of us encounter God's glory in the wonder of nature. And this Easter time has been very much about encounters. Encounters with the risen Christ have pervaded our readings and we have seen how the gospel begins to spread.

This month, we move forward to Christ's Ascension and then to Pentecost; two significant transitions in our Christian journeys. We leave behind the physicality of Christ and welcome the Holy Spirit to strengthen and sustain us. I'm reminded of a worship song that greets the Holy Spirit, worth a listen to – it's a lovely song/prayer –

Holy Spirit, we welcome you. Please accomplish in me today
some new work of loving grace. I pray unreservedly have your way.
Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit, we welcome you.

May is also the month when we launch Christian Aid Week 12th – 18th May. This year, Christian Aid is asking for our support for a new initiative – Malawi, a land-locked country in south-east Africa. Soaring costs of food and essentials here keep people in desperate poverty. Children are robbed of the chance to go to school; farmers struggle to survive in the face of the climate crisis. Christian Aid IOM are hoping to raise £35,000 to support the people of Malawi. Please do come to our Christian Aid Coffee morning on 18th May and hear more about how we can help our brothers and sisters across the world.

And last but not least, we have TT beginning in May. For us at Braddan this is a huge focused missional opportunity to show God's love through the ministries of welcome and hospitality. Sharing the ministry and sharing the love yields fruitful experiences for all.

In this month of May,
may we know the blessing of God,
the loving kindness of Jesus,
and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to be with us all;
women and men, friends, and strangers,
people of all faiths and those of no faith. Amen.