Sunday 21st June 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

 

Jairus’ Daughter

 
A man named Jairus. who was an official in the local synagogue, threw himself down at the feet of Jesus and begged him to go to his home because his only daughter was dying. While they were talking a servant from Jairus’ home came to say his daughter was dead so not to bother Jesus any longer. But Jesus heard this and told Jairus not to worry, just to believe and all would be well. When they arrived at the house Jesus would only let Peter, John, James and the mother and father of the girl go in with him. Everyone was crying over the death of the girl, but Jesus told them not to cry for she was not dead she was only sleeping. None of them believed him but Jesus took the girl by the hand and told her to get up. Her life returned and she got up at once. Her parents were amazed.

Luke 8 verses 40-42 and 49-53

 

A few words from Reverend Lee Gabel

 

Jesus with Joseph in his carpentry workshop, 1640-45. Georges de la Tour.

Fathers Day  21st June 2020

One of the positives the Lockdown has brought for me is that I have been able to spend lots of time with the kids. It has not always been easy, but I hope I will look back on this aspect of Lockdown with great fondness. It does mean that I have had to work from home much of the time with the kids around me.

The painting shows Joseph the father of Jesus, working in his workshop with the child Jesus helping out. Was Jesus helping much or was Joseph simply keeping the young boy busy? Either way what we see is an interaction between parent and child, it is nurturing and loving.

One of the many names Jesus is knows by is: The Carpenter of Nazareth. This suggests that Josephs skills as a carpenter were passed onto Jesus. Teaching, nurturing and loving are all part of being a father. This is one of the reason that St Joseph is the patron saint of fathers. In the Bible Joseph is depicted as a good man who trusted in God. Joseph received Gods messenger who shared with him God’s will for him and Mary, to whom he was engaged to be married and Joseph took the new born child as if he were his own.

This Fathers Day, I wish blessings on all the care and nurturing done by those we recognise as our fathers and ask for guidance for all of us who try our best to be good fathers. And we remember those fathers that we love but no longer see.

Happy Fathers Day

Rev Lee.