- Sunday, 28 July 2019
With record temperatures in the UK this week, summer is here! Over the next few weeks the rhythm of our lives might be a bit different to usual. We might have the opportunity to go away somewhere, or to spend more time with family and friends. No matter where we are, God promises to be with us and invites us into his peaceful presence.
St Paul writes: "whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9
- Sunday, 21 July 2019
50 years ago this weekendr humans walked on the moon for the first time. Buzz Aldrin, one of the astronauts, was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and took bread and wine that had been blessed by his Church, so that he could mark this significant moment by giving thanks to God. He participated in the service of Holy Communion to be celebrated on the moon. We meet to worship God, who created the universe, in the same way when we gather together.
When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars, which you have set in place... Lord, how majestic is your name! Words taken from Psalm 8.
- Monday, 27 May 2019
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is a global movement of prayer that started in 2016 with an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. They invited people to spend the days between Ascension Day and Pentecost praying for more people to come to know Jesus. After the very first Ascension Day, Jesus’ disciples gathered with Mary to pray as they waited for the promised Holy Spirit. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.
Over the last few years, 65 Christian denominations in 114 countries have taken up this invitation to pray. Whether you have done so before or not, why not consider this invitation to pray this year between Thursday 30th May and Sunday 9th June? Choose 5 people (or how ever many you choose) and ask God to be with them and to be at work in their lives. The prayer of the worldwide Church during this time is that people’s faith in Jesus will be deepened and prayer will be part of all of our lives. Visit www.thykingdomcome.global for ways of praying, resources, and much more. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be Done.
- Sunday, 16 June 2019
Hello, it’s me again, with more of ‘me’ poems.
A couple of years ago, a friend was preparing a ‘Service of Light’ and invited me to write a poem to be included in the readings. Light is used to symbolise God, faith and holiness throughout scripture. In our everyday lives, light is so important in many ways, sustaining our planet, life, our well being, etc. The few words below, I hope, capture this in a meaningful way…Ginny.
Light gradually awakens a new gifted day,
Shadows appear, formed by each beaming ray.
The rising sun bathing our land in it’s light,
And the early bird flutters…..as it takes flight.
We think of the star, that first Christmas night,
As it welcomed our Saviour, the baby of light.
Light is our comforter, when days are grey,
Shining warmth around us, guiding our way.
Light is our being, light is our power to exist.
Lighting creation, as if earth has been kissed.
“I am the Light of the World” said our Lord,
We walk in his light, and hold fast to his word.
When day is done, and the light gradually fades,
The sky is emblazened with the moon and it’s aids.
Church candles flicker, the flames seem to dance,
Lighting worship, lighting thoughts….perchance.
Light remains constant, be it by sun or by moon,
By lantern, by candle, or by firelight in a room.
Thy word O Lord, is a lantern unto our feet,
And your light will always guide us, ‘til we meet.
- Saturday, 18 May 2019
Sharing the Love of Jesus
May 24th is listed in the Anglican Lectionary as John Wesley Day. John was the elder brother of Charles, the prolific Hymn Writer. May 24th is not his actual birthday but his ‘Spiritual Birthday’.
In 1738 his life changed forever. He had been a Priest for about 10 years, but found it unsatisfying despite working hard. On May 24th 1738 he was invited to a house meeting in Aldersgate in London, which he reluctantly accepted. Whilst someone was reading from the writings of Martin Luther the German reformer, his world changed. He wrote in his journal: “I felt strangely warmed by the love of God. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for Salvation, for an assurance that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of death and sin.” This inspired him to a renewed life in Christ and he spent the next 50 years riding up and down the country sharing the love of Christ. He not only preached but spent time practising what Christ had asked – raising money to help the poor, building schools; he opened the first free clinic and dispensary, caring for bodies as well as souls.
We cannot hope to do the same work as John but we can ask God to help us know and experience God’s love for us, as John did on that day in 1738.