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Embracing the Unchanging Nature of God: A Message for the New Year

Embracing the Unchanging Nature of God: A Message for the New Year

Reverend Andrew Irwin Reflects on God's Constancy in a Changing World

In his insightful sermon at St Paul's & St Barnabas, Reverend Andrew Irwin offered profound reflections on embracing the unchanging nature of God as we step into the new year. He encouraged us to view the passage of time through the lens of God's eternal presence and love.

Reverend Irwin spoke about the traditional notion of New Year's resolutions and the societal pressure to transform ourselves with the dawn of a new year. He challenged this perspective by emphasizing that, despite the changes around us, God remains a constant and unchanging presence in our lives.

Delving into the themes of anxiety and anger that have marked recent years, Reverend Irwin encouraged listeners to find solace and strength in God's immutable nature. He illustrated this through biblical passages, including the story of Moses and the burning bush, where God reveals Himself as "I Am Who I Am". This profound statement underscores God’s eternal, unchanging nature, providing us with a foundation of faith to face the uncertainties of life.

Whether we are entering a year of new challenges or continuing our ongoing journeys, the sermon reminds us that God’s character remains steadfast. As Reverend Irwin eloquently put it, "It might be a new year, but the beauty of our faith is that in every season, whatever time we find ourselves in, it's the same God."

We invite you to listen to this moving sermon, embedded below, and reflect on how its message can guide us through 2024 and beyond. Whether you are part of our church family or simply seeking a moment of spiritual reflection, Reverend Irwin's words offer comfort and guidance in these changing times.

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