05. Rector's Newsletter

Rector's letter for July 2024

The privilege and responsibility of voting.

As the 2024 UK Parliamentary Election approaches, it's important to remember the privilege and responsibility of voting.

Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches us to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." This wisdom can guide us in making decisions that align with our faith and values.

In the context of the 2024 UK election, it is a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles of stewardship and discernment that are emphasized in Christian teachings.

Voting is not just a civic duty but also a moral responsibility. It is an act of stewardship over the community and nation, where each vote can contribute to the common good. Christians are encouraged to seek wisdom and guidance through prayer, to consider thoughtfully the values and policies of candidates, and to vote in a way that aligns with the pursuit of justice, peace, and the well-being of all. It is a chance to be a voice for the voiceless and to make choices that reflect the love and compassion at the heart of the Christian faith.

Remember, your vote is a seed sown into the future of the nation, and it should be cast with hope and thoughtful consideration for the generations to come. Let us then approach the polls not just as citizens, but as caretakers of God's creation, using our vote to reflect His love and grace in the world.

Let us pray: "Heavenly Father, grant us discernment to use our vote in a way that honours You and promotes justice, peace, and love in our community. May our choices reflect Your goodness and contribute to the welfare of all. In Jesus' name, Amen."

May this election be an opportunity for thoughtful reflection and action that upholds the principles of our faith.

With every blessing this July.

Revd Paul

The Revd Paul Wilson

Rector of the Epworth Group of Churches

Priest-in-Charge of the Belton Group of Churches

Assistant Curate of the Crowle Group of Churches and the Haxey and Owston Ferry Plurality

Rural Dean of the Isle of Axholme Deanery