Monthly Letter

The Vicarage

For any of you who are reading ‘The Story’ with us over six weeks from  Sunday 15 April, you must be nearing the end of Luke’s Gospel. If you haven’t heard of this undertaking yet, then it’s not too late – just let us know and we’ll find you a copy. Hopefully some of you are meeting with friends to discuss how your reading is going and what you are finding interesting about it.

Reading the Bible is immensely important, and that’s why something like The Story is such a good aspiration as it makes the stories of Jesus and the early church accessible to those of us who find opening a big Bible intimidating, and perhaps for those of us who don’t know where to start. Bible reading, like exercise or healthy eating, is a habit. It gets easier over time. We become more familiar with what we are reading and we begin to miss it if we skip a day. But it is also a difficult habit to acquire since it requires prioritisation and time. I’m hoping that The Story will begin to give each of us that habit if we haven’t already got it.

Reading our Bibles can be something we do in the morning over breakfast and coffee, in the evening in bed, at a quiet moment in the afternoon, on our phones on the train to Leeds, over lunch while grabbing a sandwich, or even just while waiting for the kettle to boil (ours boils slowly!). It doesn’t need us to be in a perfect environment, or a sacred place. It doesn’t need quiet. It can be done while the kids watch TV. It can even be listened to when we are out for a stroll or when walking from the station to the office or driving in the car.

Reading our Bibles, wherever and whenever, is good for us because of the amazing fact that God meets us where we are. The Bible is one of the ways that God speaks to us, and possibly the primary way we can meet God and get to know him better. If you want to learn what God is like, read the Bible.

For us, The Story gives us chance to get to know Jesus better by reading about him and in doing so getting an understanding of how he ticked, what he did and said, and how his friends carried on his memory. It is a discipline, but just as we try to spend time with those people we love in order to keep relationships growing, it’s a discipline which is fruitful and brings us into closer love with God himself.

So keep reading The Story. Catch up (on the weekends) if you are behind. Discuss what you’ve read with your friends. And find ways of making sure that habit of reading you are developing is one which will enable you to build a closer relationship with God forever. If you every need help or have questions, please come and ask.








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