This morning at our prayer gathering in church, we spent time looking at Jesus’ instructions for giving, praying and fasting. On first reading, it seemed that mixed messages were being conveyed with caution urged at those making too great a display of how God might be at work in their lives. However we settled on an interpretation that so long as displays drew attention to God within, rather than the individual performing them, then perhaps such a witness was OK.
Those who remember my musings last week may recall my anticipation and apprehension at the Corpus Christi celebrations due to take place in Cambridge whilst I was there. My reflections, for what they are worth, was that whilst I still had difficulty getting exited at the “blessed sacrement” (a consecrated wafer) being paraded around the streets of the city, I enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in a public procession of witness, with the singing of uplifting hymns announcing our presence (and more importantly our God working in us and through us) to the townsfolk and tourists alike.
And for those of us privileged to be at Brunswick church last Sunday, we equally had the joy of witnessing Joel Colyer make his public declaration of faith in his baptism. Yes -– he is indeed a star (as many in an open mic time of prayer and encouragement gave testimony to) and so is our God who is at work within him. The baptism service ended with the words;
Joel, you have received the light of Christ; walk in this light all the days of your life.
Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father.
May that indeed be a prayer for each one of us.
Sunday was also the time when we said goodbye to John Noddings who has been on placement with us. Click here to read what he wrote to us yesterday.
So as we seek to follow Jesus during the rest of this week, may we all indeed look to shine for Him, with the opportunity of having our lights further re-fuelled as we gather together once again in church this coming Sunday.