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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 March 2017

‘Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete’

A nursery teacher was walking around her classroom while her children drew pictures. One little girl was scribbling so intently that the teacher asked what she was drawing. The little girl replied, “I’m drawing a picture of Jesus.” The teacher said, “Oh honey, nobody really knows for sure what Jesus looked like.” The little girl, without missing a beat, responded, “They will in a minute.”

It’s either a wonderful story of a little girl determined that Jesus should have a physical face for people to relate to, or of a little girl touched by God and knowing Jesus as such a good friend that she knows what he looks like.

The disciples of course did know what Jesus looked like, they had a physical presence with them as their friend to relate to and when Jesus told them he would be leaving them, even dying, they were filled with dread and anxiety and sadness.

Being separated from friends and family can bring about that sense of sadness and sense of loss, so I am sure we can relate to how the disciples might have been feeling. But Jesus tells them something extraordinary.

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate (Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7).

The physical separation of Jesus from his friends is necessary in order that they can know him afresh through the Holy Spirit coming inside them and that Holy Spirit is how we know Jesus today. The physical separation was necessary for a spiritual awakening and infilling amongst the believers of Jesus Christ.

In fact Jesus tells his friends that ‘on that day’ they should ask the Father in Jesus’ name for anything they need; ‘ask and you will receive and your joy shall be complete’, their sorrow will turn to joy.

We are so fortunate to know God’s living presence amongst us through his Holy Spirit, but our journey can often be full of self-doubt and apprehension and feelings of unworthiness to receive God’s Holy Spirit. Our Lent course, this year, is ‘Magnificent Jesus’ which revisits the person of Jesus through well-known Bible passages and reminds us of how our Saviour makes us worthy to receive God’s Holy Spirit. We will launch these studies at a special service on 5th March at 6pm.

March is packed full of opportunities to grow deeper into Christ and to bring more of his kingdom amongst us, with an Ash Wednesday service to start Lent on 1st March, the Women’s World day of Prayer on 3rd March.

St David’s Thanksgiving Day is on 12th March and gives us an opportunity to express our generosity to him through St David’s as we spend nearly £38,000 on the Tower and roof work.

Pastoral Link Sunday is on 19th March where we commission our Visitors and come together in fellowship, Mothering Sunday is on 26th March and finally we round the month off with a Special Licensing service with Bishop Christopher on 29th March to recognise that we are no longer a Benefice under suspension, recognise that we are no longer a Benefice under suspension, which can be reorganised, but a Benefice in our own right with an incumbent.

Whatever your journey with Christ holds in March this year may you know what it is to ‘ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete’, so that God is glorified.

 Reverend Andrew Rhoades

So however you propose to begin or journey through Lent this year I trust and pray that it is a time of blessing for you, and one in which you grow in your discipleship and closer to God.

Reverend Neil Griffiths