The Parishes of St Mary and St Anne, Moseley
Diocese of Birmingham
From: Revd. Duncan Strathie
Sunday 22 November, 2015
It has been a month since my induction service – and what a month it has been! I have been looking for an opportunity to write this letter and share it with you on a Sunday that was less busy. The best I can do is when we have a baptism at St Mary's! Does the benefice have any Sundays that are less busy?
Katrina and I are now feeling very much at home and are beginning to feel settled in the vicarage. All the boxes have been unpacked and we hope we have made our final visit to Ikea – at least for the time being. None of this would have been possible without a great deal of work, planning and energy from a large number of people – not to mention the prayers of the congregations that have sustained our common life together over the past months.
We are immensely grateful for the preparation work that was done in the vicarage by both the diocese and the benefice. It makes a huge difference to move into a house that is 'sorted' – a privilege few others experience. We have received a mountain of cards, letters and messages of welcome – not to mention a welcome larder too. We feel well and truly welcomed. Thank you – you have been, and continue to be, a blessing to us.
One of the many things that drew me to Moseley was the prospect of working with an able and well equipped team in a benefice with a busy and diverse portfolio of ministry that engaged effectively with the local community. My expectations were high – but have been surpassed by the reality of all that I have discovered here! I am reminded of the parable of the Faithful Servant in Luke 12:48 where Jesus says, "From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded". Together we need to continue to embrace this Gospel principle.
The next few months will be an important time as the PCCs engage in a process of listening to God and one another to determine what kinds of communities we are being called to be. Please pray for the leaders of the two parishes and for the benefice as a whole as we engage in this process – that all our hearts will be filled with hope and expectation. I hope that you will be ready to participate prayerfully in this process.
So today, on the final Sunday of the Church year, as we celebrate Christ the King, let us all look forward in anticipation and excitement to an Advent season that helps us prepare to celebrate the greatest gift of all – Emmanuel, God with us!
With grateful thanks and an expectant heart,
Revd Duncan Strathie
Vicar of Moseley