'January brings the snow; makes the toes and fingers glow.'
So starts an old children's book that waas a firm favourite with my daughters. There is nothing like an extreme weather event to bring people together, friends and neighbours checking in on each other.
I was reading about how one pub in Cornwall took in over 100 motorists stranded overnight on Bodmin Moor, with makeshift beds in the dining room and lounge. Closer to home, a local car dealer made two Land Rovers available to the Bristol Community Health Team so that they could get to patients through the snow.
That 'pulling together' is a foundation of the Gospel, as we are called to 'Love one another...' St Paul illustrates this with his famous image of the Church as a body, each part dependant on the other and each member with a part to play. "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body....Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many....Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it."
1 Corinthians 12:12,14,17
It is that time in the Church year when we start to prepare fot the Annual Meeting, which this year will be on Wednesday 24th April. A time to celebrate all that God has done in the past year, a time to thank those who have served faithfully all year in so many parts of Church life. Those who are seen and all the unseen people who quietly keep the wheels moving. And a time to look forward....
So many in our church do so much already - faithfully and well. But this month, I encourage each of us to prayerfully consider the part God wants us to play in his Church, that we might 'pull together' in love for each other and the community we are called to serve.