St. David’s Church, Broom Leys
“Out of the believer’s heart shall flow streams of living water”
‘Growing in Christ, living in faith’
Postcode: LE67 4RL
Message for June 2018
The Essential Church
Our Church life in early May has been busy with a Confirmation service, Ascension Day, celebrating the ascension of Christ into heaven; Pentecost, celebrating the coming of the person of the Holy Spirit; the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative where we have been engaging in eleven days of prayer shared with the world for our friends, family and community together with the licensing of our new Church Wardens, Chris & Paul. This of course all takes place within our normal pattern of services for After School Church, School assemblies, Young people’s drop in, Lunch time club, Brigade, services in our Care Home, Café Church, Thursday Morning Communion, Home Groups and Sunday services.
We have a busy Church life but does this mean anything of value I wonder? The world gets on with living life, the Church can be a bubble which those who aren’t committed can drop in and drop out of if they wish and if at all.
That is, I have found, until a crisis in life occurs, and then Church becomes the place to find refuge, purpose, solace, reassurance, love, friendship and God. Sometimes people don’t know what they are seeking, but it is something the world cannot offer.
Peter stands in front of a large crowd at Pentecost and quotes from the book of the prophet Joel.
'In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’
He talks about the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit on everyone bringing God’s blessings and his power. We start to see the world as God sees the world. A place where God’s love through Jesus Christ is known, a place where God’s love heals, God’s love redeems, God’s love is sacrificial and God’s love saves.
The Holy Spirit changes the way we think, we live, we work and we relate to each other and brings us a deeper understanding of who Jesus Christ is and the loving and living relationship we can have with God our Father. The Holy Spirit changes the world and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord is saved!
No longer does Church become a place to find help in a crisis but becomes a place to know God’s Holy Spirit amongst us and to transform our lives to God’s purposes and to see the world as God sees the world and to be part of that movement of God amongst us. Church becomes a place to know God deeply and to know his will and to go and live our lives during the week with God’s perspective and God’s Holy Spirit within us.
Church then becomes an essential of our lives and a busy Church gives us many opportunities to encounter God and his purposes for us.
You might like to use the prayer from the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative:
your ascended Son has
sent us into the world to
preach the good news of
inspire us with your Spirit
and fill our hearts with the
fire of your love, that all
who hear your word may
be drawn to you, through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Reverend Andrew Rhoades, June 2018.
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