I’m sat at the church computer this (Friday) morning, just having replied to an enquiry concerning our Sunday service. A potential visitor from abroad, she was attracted by our church website and wanted to know more. It was with confidence that I felt able to promise her a warm welcome, and indeed a joyous service, not least as it will be the setting of (little) Richard’s baptism. Our website is a great window into what we’re about as a church – I wonder when you last visited it, or thought of supplying Paul with newsworthy items to post on it?
Anyway, those of you whose week isn’t complete without this addition in your mail box from Mike or myself, will notice that it is later than usual, mainly as I’ve been laid low by a fluey cold. At first I found a certain irony in relating to you the subject of last Sunday’s sermon: 'the healing of the centurion’s dear servant', where attention was drawn to the authority of Jesus over all things – illness, wind and waves, and eventually, even the powers of sin and death. For here I am, still with a pounding head and blocked up nose!. However, of course, a follower of Jesus isn’t spared such human frailties, and indeed the experience of all humanity. And as our reading proceeded, we learnt how Jesus and the love that He offers, was already expanding beyond simply the house of Israel, where others (Gentiles - non Jews) were to be beneficiaries of His healing and compassion. Indeed Jesus is there for all people, all the time. In fact even as fully God, I dare say Jesus had the inconvenience of the sniffles at one time or another that came with taking on our human nature, which as well as strangely amusing me, makes my cold somewhat easier to bear!!
Have a great weekend (and if you fancy some tidying therapy) do consider joining us at church tomorrow (Saturday) morning as we have our Autumn clean.
P.S. I think I’ve settled on wishes - a mere cold isn’t much to whinge about!!!!