If it’s not too late in the day, can I (probably) be the 1st person to wish you a Happy Yorkshire Day!
Yes - you read that correctly. As far as I’m aware, Yorkshire is the only county in the UK to be big-headed enough to declare such a day. Now whilst my loyalty to my county of birth certainly extends to support of the white rose at cricket (and the resulting recent defeats at the hands of Lancashire), a day to celebrate all things Yorkshire seems to me a bit extreme. For whilst being undoubtably the largest county in the UK, it is more than a stretch to accept the moniker of “God’s own county” which is quite often adopted. Size isn’t everything, and certainly no guarantee of blessing.
As such it was refreshing last Sunday as we studied the final letter written to the churches in Revelation, that the whilst the church in Philadelphia was a small and fragile church community, described as having “little power”, God had nothing but admiration for them, encouraging them that they might be pillars – not of the local community, but more importantly and permanently, of the Temple of God. Sometimes, small is and can be beautiful, and I pray that over the summer months when the holidays might mean we might not always be at full strength as a community on a Sunday, a smaller, tight fellowship might enable us to get to know each other and be built up as Christ’s temple, here in Brunswick.
Do join us if you are able, this Sunday, as together we seek to discover the words of encouragement our God has for His church here.