At the beginning of a new year and a new stage in our church life we can learn much from Nehemiah. So in our services and home groups we will be studying this Old Testament book.

This is relevant to our fellowship as we see Nehemiah in a period of change and new beginnings as he sought to re-establish God’s people in the city that was both their centre of worship and a vital part of their national identity.

With the huge task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem before him, Nehemiah recognised the importance of prayer before starting anything and at every stage. There were plans to be made, materials to be collected, rubble to clear, opposition and threats to deal with, fear and discouragement to face.

Like any leader, Nehemiah needed the help and support of others. So the people played their part; men and women from all walks of life, building, fetching and carrying and standing guard.

As we learn together from this exciting and challenging book we will have an opportunity to seek God’s direction for our church and His plan for our new pastor. So let’s start this new year with a desire to see God’s vision for Elmwood worked out in 2017 and beyond.

“O Lord, let your ear be attentive to …. the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name.” Nehemiah 1:11

Elizabeth Gough
Leadership Team