Praise the LORD. Praise the name of the LORD; praise Him, you servants of the LORD, you who minister in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God. Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praise to His name for that is pleasant… I know that the LORD is great, that our LORD is greater than all gods…Your name O LORD, endures forever.”                                                                                        (from Psalm 135)


It is always good to praise the name of God, to recognise and publicly acknowledge His greatness and all His goodness to us. Particularly with Easter still very much in our thoughts, we continue to give thanks for the gift of His Son, the very personification of His love, His grace and His mercy, and for the mighty power displayed in the raising of Jesus to life from the tomb. Today too, we give thanks to God for new directions and opportunities, even though now born out of the most difficult of circumstances. But there is still an opportunity to move out in faith to build our ministries to individuals and families in our community even though for now we are not able to use our more “traditional” methods of reaching out and instead seek new ways to engage with those around about us. Amid the uncertainties, we gratefully give thanks for all that has prepared us for this day and look forward to the blessings that lie ahead for the Church and community.