A VE Day message from Bishop Keith

From Bishop Keith

Dear Friends,

Last week I spoke of rest after exhaustion. This week we need an intake of breath for an adjustment to come as it seems likely we are moving from the lockdown of recent weeks to whatever will emerge after the government issues new guidelines.

Thank you for your continued sacrifice and service. As we make this transition, and as the Lord gives us strength, I am praying we do not lose what God is giving us that is good even in all the challenges and difficulties of these weeks, even as we are alongside those who are suffering grief and loss.

As part of a Zoom meeting this week with a number of curates in a book group, I asked each one to share what they believed God is saying to us as a church for our learning from this time. I wonder what you would say to that same question.

In Isaiah 43:19 as part of the prophesies about the coming King and suffering servant, this promise is given:

“I am about to do a new thing: now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” and then “I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert”.

This is what God has done and is doing in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and as we follow him it is what we can expect him to be doing in us and through us even in such a time as this.

Remembering the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, gives us a moment to put the present crisis into perspective. As we thank God for the overcoming of the evil that enslaved Europe and threatened the world, we know because of God’s victory over sin and death in the Lord Jesus Christ, we can still look to the future with hope whatever our present day throws at us. Those words of Isaiah are continually being fulfilled in us by God’s Spirit.

So, may we continue to pray. May the new guidance on how to respond to this next stage mentioned in this briefing help us. May the Prayer Hub continue to encourage us in prayer, and may we continue to bless and support one another especially as we await further announcements in the week to come.

With love in Christ


As the nation marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Bishop Keith reflects on that victory and God’s role in. He says: “Today we rejoice in the victory over that terrible tyranny; we were right to ask God for that victory and to thank God that the victory came. Today we look to the past and we thank God for that Victory in Europe; we remember those who did not come back, the many who died in these islands through the bombing of our cities, and we pray for those whose lives have been scarred forever by the brutalities of war.”

Watch Bishop Keith’s video here.

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