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St. David’s Church,  Broom Leys

“Out of the believer’s heart shall flow streams of living water”

‘Growing in Christ, living in faith’

Vicar - Revd. Andrew Rhoades

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Message for July 2017

Love God, love your neighbour and love your enemy.

Welcome to the July message.

This month’s church magazine - St. David’s News - contains, as usual, articles from our community of faith to encourage and inform.

We are of course looking towards that major annual event for our community: The Summer Fair! Will it surpass, I wonder, the Summer Fair of 2016, close to the heart of Kath and I, because it marked the wedding of our daughter Ceri to Chris on the Sunday of the Summer Fair weekend? This was a time that was supported by so many of you and enjoyed by our family and friends and many of our community. It was a time of joy and sharing and support and sharing the love of God with one another.

How different that memory is from the times we are experiencing now, as I write this article.

The horrific terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge in March, the terrible suicide bombing of young people and their parents at the Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester Arena in May, the senseless killing of innocent people by terrorists on London Bridge and Borough Market in early June, the unbelievable tragedy of people dying in the Grenfell Tower Fire in Kensington in mid-June, with survivors left homeless and now the retaliation attack on innocent people as they leave prayer at the Finsbury Park Mosque. All this terror and tragedy occurs in the middle of a new Minority Government struggling to find its way and negotiate an exit from the European Union.

Jesus summed up the Ten Commandments on living a good life by telling the crowd of Pharisees, who strictly observed God’s law given through Moses, that:

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matthew 22:34-40).

Earlier he tells the crowd in Galilee, “’I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous’”. (Matthew 5:44-45).

Later, Jesus friend and follower, Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, finds that in Jesus Christ, differences do not mean separation from one another, but that God shows no favouritism or partiality to those who wish to know him.

Peter is called by the Holy Spirit to the home of the Roman Centurion Cornelius, someone who should have been his enemy, to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ so that Peter and Cornelius and his family can become united in the family of God and become part of the body of Jesus Christ. (Acts 10).

It is at these times in our world, that prayer becomes important and life enhancing. There is an opportunity, united together, to pray for God’s kingdom to come upon us where we live and work and in our country, at our prayer morning in Church, on Saturday 22nd July. Drop in at any time between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

As we prepare to volunteer and take part in our Summer Fair this year, may we look to bring the uniting love of God, through Jesus Christ, in the power of his Holy Spirit to those we meet and those who come to be with us. May we truly know God’s love and joy amongst us and not the bitterness of difference and division. May we model kingdom values to our community.

Reverend Andrew Rhoades, June 2017.