Thoughts 21 June

Thoughts from the Vicarage 21st June, Trinity 2

Jeremiah 20.7-13; Romans 6.1b-11; Matthew 10.24-39

Good news – St Mary’s will be re-opening for “Private Prayer” this Sunday, 21 June, from 4-
5pm. We have tried to make the church as safe and welcoming as possible. Like the shops,
the church “will look a little different” and a maximum of just 12 people will be able to be in
church at any one time.
The Bible readings for Sunday are very much about struggles that people have faced in the
past.
The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah felt overwhelmed, exhausted and let down by
everyone, including God. He wants justice, yet at the end of all his complaints in verse 13 he
is able to say “Give praise to the Lord!” because God was able to rescue and restore him.
St Paul writing to the Christians in Rome encourages them to leave their sins behind and
through baptism become alive in Christ. They could, and we can, go through this change in a
day by day gradual transformation.
Last week we read about Jesus gathering the 12 disciples he had chosen to be his team to go
out and tell others about him. After the excitement of the call Jesus both prepares and warns
them concerning the challenges they will have to face. Then in some more gentle words He
reminds them of the value of even the lives of sparrows. Sparrows were literally “two a
penny” in Bible times. Jesus goes on to say
“Not one of these sparrows will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care …even the hairs
of your head are all numbered…don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows”.
We, like the disciples, are going through testing times, perhaps even within our own families.
This may be costly but ultimately it is worth it.
A few years ago a young man called Gavin Calver wrote a book with the title “Disappointed
with Jesus?” Gavin grew up in a Christian family and his Dad, Clive Calver, is a significant
Christian leader. Gavin, however, like many teenagers, became rebellious and turned away
from the faith he had grown up in. I guess his parents never stopped loving him and praying
for him. Eventually Gavin’s life was turned around and he began to follow in his father’s, and
indeed his heavenly father’s, footsteps.
Last year Gavin became the CEO of The Evangelical Alliance, an organization founded in 1846,
now representing and supporting 1000s of churches around the country.
Through these difficult times let’s not be “disappointed with Jesus” but be able to encourage
one another in our faith through our prayers in the days ahead.
Revd Jonathan Watkins

 

Collect for the Day.

Lord, you have taught us
that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
send your Holy Spirit
and pour into our hearts
that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtues,
without which whoever lives
is counted dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

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