Rev. David Musgrave

               

A FAREWELL MESSAGE

                        
This will be my last quarterly contribution to the Circuit Newsletter.  Soon now it will be five years since Sarah and I arrived in Daysbrook Road to start our Ministry here, and it is time to move on!  As I prepare to ‘sit down’ (Methodist Ministers never ‘retire’!), there are all the practicalities of the move to face: Which furniture do we need?  Can we manage with fewer books?  What was it worth planting in the garden?  Ahead of us lie all the challenges of a new environment in Bath, though it is less unfamiliar for Sarah.  Then there is the new Circuit to get to know, a mix of urban and rural Churches – and the role of a Supernumerary Minister.

It feels very much like a step into the unknown, reminding of the story of Abram journeying to Canaan.  Some of us used the London District’s Lent Course this year around the theme of ‘moving stories’.  Abram’s change of name to Abraham (from ‘exalted father’ to ‘exalted father of multitudes’ as traditionally interpreted) reflects how God continually broadens our horizons, challenges us to take up new projects and not to remain in our comfort zones.

Sarah and I both leave Lambeth with deep affection.  We have enjoyed these years of journeying together with you all, sharing in joys as well as sorrows.  We have reflected with you on where God is calling you as a Circuit and have been part of the Methodist folk of Lambeth facing out into the world around.   This has brought the excitement of our engagement with the Robes project and with Lambeth Citizens in their wide range of campaigns, not least welcoming and befriending new refugees.  We have also learned together, in Bible studies and in our annual pilgrimages to places of Christian heritage.

             
So, Sarah and I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to you all for your love and friendship towards us.  We will not forget you all and hope that you will stay in touch.  Certainly, any of you visiting Bath would be most welcome at our new home!


God bless you all!