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Dear Friends,

The last few days have made me realise that autumn is well on its way; it has been cold, showery and very blustery. As I drive around the countryside, the trees and hedges are taking on an autumnal hue with the elder now pink and yellow and some of the trees showing the beginnings of their autumn colours. My favourite season of the year is spring but I do really like autumn too. It may herald the relentless march towards winter, but the colours are so breath-taking and autumn always makes me feel like the earth gives a long but gentle sigh, preparing for a season of rest and recuperation before the vibrancy of spring.

Autumn is also a season of change and letting go and this year especially, I feel I can relate closely to this. At the beginning of November, if you recall, I am reducing my work in the parish so that I will be working Sundays as I do at the moment but reducing the week days I work to two; Monday and Tuesday. I am not retiring but I do want to work less hours, particularly in the evening and days off. However I am changing my working pattern so I that I can, primarily, respond to God’s call and I feel very strongly that God is calling me to do something different. Having spent much time in prayer listening to God and looking at where my gifts and talents lie, I am going to give more of my time to working in the wider church rather than the parish. Along with a group of like-minded people, I will be encouraging others to try a variety of different ways of praying, and helping enable people to listen to God more carefully and explore what God may be saying to them. I am very excited about this new part of my own spiritual journey and am very privileged that it will involve accompanying others in their journey at the same time. So, do I think a ‘call from God’ is limited to only someone who wears a dog collar? Most certainly not!! I believe, as baptised Christians, we are all asked to do something by God and are all given gifts and talents with which to serve God and, in turn, grow and strengthen the Church, the people of God. So when did you last think about your call - what might God be asking you to do? For some of us, our call from God may remain the same over many years, but for many of us as we, our circumstances and our gifts change and/or grow, so we may be asked to do different things. The important things are to be willing to ask God what he wants from us and to listento God to get his answer, as well as, of course being willing to do what he asks. Most of us don’t hear God speak to us in words but, when we spend time with God, we can get a sense of where God is guiding us and other people may well support or confirm our feelings. Sowhy not spend time talking to God about what you do for him already and what he may want you to do in the future. It may result in some new and exciting opportunities!

I want to finish with part of a poem by John O’Donohue which is about listening to God with a desire to do God’s will:

‘For Longing’

Blessed be the longing that brought you here
And quickens your soul with wonder.
May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire
That disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.
May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease
To discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.
May the forms of your belonging- in love, creativity and friendship
Be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.
May the one you long for long for you

Revd Sue.