Sunday 24th May 2020
This half term the Christian Value is perseverance so, over the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you some bible stories which give good examples. We are all having to persevere through this time of isolation but, like with these stories, we have faith and it is this which will bring us out of the tunnel smiling.
Trust Forgiveness Peace Thankfulness Compassion Friendship Love Hope
The Persistant Widow.
Reflection Sunday 24th May 2020
Between May the 21st and 31st the Church of England is asking us to join the global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ. In the Thy Kingdom Come event.
We do not know yet what the full effects of covid-19 and lockdown are. Things may look very different. It seems unlikely given all that the church has been through for hundreds of years that there will be a catastrophic disaster.
Even in today’s modern society there is a need for pastoral and public acts of worship. Christianity has a tradition of mutating and moving on, of becoming culturally appropriate. We must engage empathetically and shape our public ministry accordingly. The answer is in progression. Religion is remarkably resilient; religion is still in demand in this modern age. We need to be confident in the church’s history and traditions.
We must have faith in the resilience of God and the church; but we also need to respond to the many tests of faith that dominate our current conditions and every age.
Mature faith, which is what Jesus called his disciples and us to, seeks understanding. It is about recognising where God is in the moment. We need open minds, open eyes and open hearts to the place where God will be found – and even if we forget it or don’t realise, God is there, nonetheless.