Each summer at Trinity is bitter sweet. The wonderful weather provides us with many opportunities to enjoy our beautiful city and its parks and we are always blessed with a number of visitors who are a real blessing to our congregation.
However, the summer is always the time we sadly say goodbye to many in our congregation who are near and dear to us. They go with our prayers, as well as with the fabled Trinity mug of fellowship.
This summer we have said goodbye to a number of students: Mikey, who is going to Manchester for a year working with UCCF; Josh, who is undertaking a Masters at 'the other place'; Harriette, who is going to work for a church in Berlin; Katie and Erika, who are returning to complete their studies in the States and Lindsay, who is returning to the States after a year of study with Wycliffe, to find a job and serve a church back home.
We've also said goodbye to others who have been in Oxford for various other reasons. Sean and Brad have come to the end of their doctoral studies, whilst Tyler is taking up an academic post in Florida after 14 years in Oxford. Their love and service of the church will be greatly missed but we know that they will be a blessing wherever they go.
Joey and Rebecca Springer have been an important part of our Church family for a while, serving the Lord at St. Luke's Church in the East of Oxford this past year. They have returned to the States in the hope of securing work and go with our prayers and affection.
We also were greatly blessed to have the Samra family visiting us for six weeks. Abigail was often the chosen scape goat for our regular family slots and Jim and Lisa were a constant source of encouragement to us.
Much more important than the mug of fellowship is the knowledge that our Heavenly Father knows our dear friends needs far better than we do ourselves and goes before them as they step out in faith, trusting His provision and care in all that they do.