Sunday 31st 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

 

PERSERVERANCE

 

Parable of the Sower.

Once there was a man who went out to sow corn. As he scattered the seed in the field some of it fell along the path where it was stepped on and the birds ate it. Some of it fell on rocky ground and when the plants sprouted they dried up because the soil had no moisture. Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes which grew up with the plants and choked them. Some seed fell on good soil, the plants grew and produced corn.

The meaning of the parable is that the seed is like the word of God. The seed which fell on the path means that people listen but the devil comes and takes the message away. The seed which fell on rocky ground stand for those who listen gladly but only for a while and when tested they fall away. The seeds that fell among thorn bushes stand for those who listen and feel that money and good things mean more to them. The seeds that fell on good ground stand for those who listen and believe and persevere with their faith in God.

Luke 8 verses 4 – 15

 

A few words from Reverend Lee Gabel

 

Reflection Pentecost 2020

Communication and clarity are two things that have been significant recently. Clear instructions and guidance from different sources please…we may be saying to ourselves as we try and work out what we are to do at this time.

We read in the Bible that once upon a time all nations spoke with one voice, but mankind got ideas above its stations and tried to reach God, Humanity built a tower so large that it could get on the same level as God.

God didn’t like this invasion of privacy or the fact that humanity was getting a bit too big for it’s boots so God decided to throw dissent into the world by inventing new languages, this hampered the building project fatally.

We get the word babble from the story of the tower of Babel. Babel would eventually become Babylon which came to represent an unholy place. What started off as clear communication between people became a symbol of unholiness.

Pentecost carries a deep message. The message is this: in the Church all languages are recognised and spoken. The Spirit is universal, not local; the Gospel is for all people. The first act of the Spirit is to reverse the tragedy of Babel. The first act of the church is to speak to everyone, to include everyone. The instruction that Jesus gave of bringing the message of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation in His name is for all nations and all people.

The clear communication of Pentecost is rooted in Christ, not in the arrogance or bravado of Babel or Babylon. It is rooted in understanding and compassion not rivalry or power games.

Because of Pentecost God now speaks to everyone, the church becomes a global language, the language is that of the Spirit. The lesson of Pentecost is that Christianity is always spoken in tongues, so that each can understand in their own language.