Sunday, 12th September 2010


Dear Friends                                                                                                     



Today is a very special day in the life of CMM.  It is the day that we celebrate the confirmation of Gillmore Manter.  In my mind only a wedding service comes close to the significance of this day.  A wedding is not only of comparative significance but is also probably the closest analogy for what we are doing here today. 


You see, today we gather to confirm the love and life-long commitment Jesus has always had for Gillmore, and we also witness Gilmore confirming her love and life- long commitment to Jesus.  Today, like a wedding, is all about lovers declaring their love for each other out loud for the entire world to hear and honour.


In a wedding service vows are made … for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish.   These wedding vows connect very well to what we are celebrating today.  Gillmore is confirming that her love        relationship with Jesus is not going to be dependent on her state of wealth, health or comfort.  This is a brave confirmation to make and points to the glorious truth that Jesus’ love for the world and each one of us is constant despite the changing circumstances of our lives. 


Let us rejoice as Gillmore confirms her love for the One who has been in love with her since the very foundations of the world.  Today more than any other we can declare: “They are a match made in Heaven”.  May Gillmore’s love for Jesus grow to match his love for her.


Grace, Alan.


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