Dear Friends,

A happy New Year to you!! What will 2017 bring for the world, for the United Kingdom, for you and me? A brand new year, blank sheets of paper on which the stories which make up each life will be written. I always start the year with a sense of hope and anticipation and many people will make their New Year resolutions. Whether or not you make resolutions, the start of the year is a wonderful time to spend in reflection, looking at life’s journey so far and reassessing, asking questions like, am I in the right place? What are the things that bring me joy and peace? What are my hopes and dreams in 2017? You do not have to this alone. If you go the Bible there are many verses which remind us that God wants to guide and journey with us. The prophet Jeremiah says, ‘this is what the Lord says…For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and pray to me and I will listen.’ In Psalm 119, the psalmist says, ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Finally, Psalm 91 assures us, ‘He will call upon me and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.’

We are not alone in this journey called life. God is with us and his promises are real, yesterday, today and forever. It does not matter if you have never had a conversation with God, be assured that he is a God who is constantly calling his people, wanting to hear their, stories, to bring healing, forgiveness and restoration of broken relationships. If you want to have a conversation about anything that you have read here or just a general conversation about church, please do not hesitate to contact on 01442 243553 or at Vindra.maraj-ogden@methodist.org.uk.

Whatever 2017 brings may you know God’s peace, joy, love and presence. Happy New Year!!

Revd Vindra Maraj-Ogden
Methodist Minister
Hemel Hempstead and Kings Langley

Christian Aid Prayers:

This week we join with Christians around the world to support and take part in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Pray that the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland's daily reflections, which Christian Aid provides action points for each year, will help churches live out their faith in unity. Pray for the work of ACT Alliance, the coalition of 143 churches and faith-based organisations working together in more than 100 countries: actalliance.org Give thanks for such an example of Christian unity around the world.
Sheltering God, protect those in trouble, conceal the vulnerable, lift up the oppressed, by the rock of your church, united in compassion. Amen

Read the November 2016 Campaign Update from our Christian Aid Committee.

The Kings Langley Christian Aid Annual Report for 2015 is available for download.