Bishop's Message: ​Trust
4 July 2017 by Bishop David Urquhart

Bishop's Message: ​Trust

Jesus' invitation to 'Believe in God, believe also in me' (John 14:1) becomes real in the response of women and men kneeling for ordination as deacons or priests.

This past weekend I prayed that the Holy Spirit would equip sixteen people who were entrusting themselves to Christ and service in and through his Church.

The invitation is also real for those who were remembering the contribution of African and Caribbean soldiers and labourers to the First World War. Last Sunday evening the New Testament Church of God, Lozells, hosted a moving series of high quality presentations 'They also Served', beginning to restore trust amongst those who have hitherto been ignored.

On Monday morning the opportunity of an assembly with Water Orton Juniors and Infants continued to build trust between the Church and a primary school as it begins its affiliation to the Diocesan Board of Education.

An even bigger task faces communities and nation as we seek to rebuild trust with each other. This will mean turning populism Into policy and passion into practice. There will be stringent demands on reimagining our institutions, rebuilding our economic strength, raising up the poorest and most vulnerable and living together well.

Let us pray with the Psalmist 'I have trusted in your steadfast love' (Psalm 13:5) and put our belief in Jesus into action.