Newsletter for 22nd May

Dear friends

On Tuesday next Chris and I will fly back to UK for the final time as our time with you in Monaco comes to an end. It has been an interesting and enjoyable time and a privilege to have been with you and help you navigate some choppy waters.

Chris retired from the NHS in October 2020 and is now looking forward to discovering new opportunities in retirement and I will be pleased to go back into retirement and leave the responsibilities of church leadership behind. However one of the good things about being a retired priest is the ability to continue to assist others for as long as we are able, and I will do this in our ‘home’ church in Norwich as well as in Norwich Cathedral. And who knows what will come next; I have been invited to stay on the locum list so there may be more to do in the diocese.

Getting to Monaco was a struggle! The combination of Covid 19 and Brexit seemed to conspire against us, but I am pleased we persevered. In that process and throughout the year we have been supported and encouraged by a number of people (who I will not name) and your generosity and hospitality has been graciously given and received. The gift of the Easter Offering was particularly generous, for which I am grateful. Thank you!

We will take away many lovely memories of our year, including concerts, opera, the Open Tennis and the Historic GP as well as visits to Italy and along the Riviera.

The slow process to appointed a new chaplain continues and although it is frustrating it is more important to give time for the right person to come forward and engage in a good process of discernment, than to ‘get someone in quickly’. Locum clergy have been arranged over the summer months, and Archdeacon Peter will be in residence from 9th June for 3 weeks, so I hope and pray that you will have some good people to support and guide you in the coming months.

Chris joins me in our thanks and our hope and desire that St Paul’s will continue on a smooth path to the future and all that God has in store for you.

God bless

Fr David

NOTICES

Sunday 22nd 10.30am Choral Eucharist followed by a Bring & Share lunch in the Library

Sunday 29th No Service

 

 

A prayer for Peace

God of peace and justice,

we pray for the people of Ukraine today.

We pray for peace and the paying down of weapons.

We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,

that your Spirit of comfort will draw near to them.

We pray for those with power over war and peace,

for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.

Above all, we pray for all your precious children,

at risk and in fear,

that you would hold them and protect them.

We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.