Less than 8 months ago, I spent 3 days dependant on my phone’s satnav as I attempted to negotiate the superhighways of Houston Texas. A vast sprawling city, I clocked up more than 200 miles simply traversing the conurbation, attending different meetings dotted across the place. They were for me certainly hairy journeys, as I had to negotiate rapidly approaching junctions and slip roads. However, such hazards are currently nothing in comparison with the treacherous floods on land and roads, which the city dwellers are currently experiencing. Knowing the city and its inhabitants as I do, I am tracking the hurricane’s progress with prayerful interest.
In a similar way, our recent family holiday that we were fortunate to enjoy, included a return to the beach and port of Salamis in Northern Cyprus, the site not only of the Gatenby frisbee miracle (do ask), but also the scene of St Paul’s arrival to the island. Again, it’s a place that we know, a place of memory and significance, and part of our story.
In the last of our series looking at the exodus story in the Old Testament, Richard helped us to think about the power of the Red Sea - both its parting and then its devastating coming back together. This journey through potential death to life is part of the wider Jewish family story, and by association part of ours too. Our service ended with Holy Communion, again part of our Christian family heritage where we are encouraged to remember with thankfulness all that J
A significant feature of the all age service that we celebrate at the beginning of the month is that of sharing; both blessings and actual food in fellowship with one another. This Sunday provides such an opportunity and I pray that if able, you will want to join us, as our Christian family regroups after the summer, and looks ahead with anticipation to that which our Father has in store for us.