Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As I sit and write my last letter to you, I feel a mixture of sadness and joy. Sadness because my last service, as a Reader for St Augustine and Holy Trinity, is at the end of December, and I will miss seeing you every Sunday and on the many events that take place. I will miss hearing the organ, the music that Roy plays is uplifting and has also had me in tears; there are still hymns that I have problem finishing. Joy, because it has been a blessing to know all of you. You, who have become my church family and friends, recently, and over the many years that I have been at St Augustine’s. And also the new friends at Holy Trinity. I have wanted to visit the readers in their churches for some time and over the next few months this will give me the opportunity to do so, as well as visiting other churches in Luton. Messages are sent to us in all shapes and forms, some we choose to ignore and others we take on board. We pray, discuss, and reflect before taking on board life changing decisions and after we have made the step towards those decisions, still pray, and reflect. Mary was one of the most courageous women I know. We cannot imagine Mary’s feelings or fears when the angel Gabriel gave her the message of her role as the mother of Jesus, or the questions that were going through her mind. But she accepted with these words: ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ I cannot list all the things that I will miss. It has been a pleasure, and a blessing, to know each one of you and we will meet again.
God bless you all.
Prayers and best wishes.