Charles writes: June 2012

I wonder if you can think of anyone who has been in the same job for sixty years? Well – there is only one person I can think of – and that is our Queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She has carried this role faithfully and consistently for 60 years – that certainly is something to give thanks for, something to celebrate.

It challenges me to think about our own faithfulness and consistency in our faith, our discipleship and our ministry. It’s one thing to go for a sprint – all out, soon finished. it’s quite a different challenge to go for a marathon.

I wonder what has sustained the Queen so that through so many ups and downs, both for our country and in her own family, she has been able to keep going without faltering for so long?

I would imagine that three things have been important. Firstly the support of others, both in her family, and her many advisors and support staff. Secondly her own belief in what she was doing and the values she has lived and worked for. Thirdly her personal faith in God and in the teachings of Jesus has surely been a sustaining strength to her.

Perhaps these are exactly the three things we all need, to keep us faithful and consistent in whatever work we are called to do. We too need to be supported by others, trying to do it by ourselves is always a mistake, we need the support, encouragement and affirmation of other if we are to keep going in the long haul. Secondly, we too need a belief in what we are doing and in the Christian values, the “Kingdom of God” values that we live for and work for in our lives. Finally, above all we need to “sustain our sacred centre” keeping ourselves rooted in God, rooted in in Christ, in our prayer and our worship.

We have much to celebrate this month. A time of celebration and thanksgiving and also a time for church and community to celebrate together, a time to build relationships and come closer together.

We have another special occasion at All Saints on Sunday 24 June when David and Liza Cooke from Church Mission Society will be speaking at our 10.30 Communion Service. It is a while now since we have had a CMS mission link, so it will be very good to meet them, hear about their plans and their hopes and to hear what they have to share with us. CMS is also our Mission for the Moth in June, so we will be praying for their work throughout the month.

Do join us and share in all these occasions as we look to our community and our world. As the children’s song says “He’s got the whole world in his hands”. So as we celebrate this 60 year Diamond Jubilee, we celebrate above all God’s faithfulness, to us and to his world.