One of my favourite Psalms (once expounded by Graham Kendrick leading a church house party I attended many years ago) reads: How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! (Ps 133:1)
With apologies to the psalmist, but mindful of the amazing “Sports-tacular” event held in and around church last Saturday, I would want to exclaim in addition; “How great and encouraging it is, when communities and individuals work together in unity”
This certainly will be my abiding memory of Saturday 14th September; witnessing the plethora of groups and individuals pulling together their gifts, talents, time and energies for the benefit of around 250 folk who, encouraged by flyers, personal invitation and booming music, found themselves partaking in new sporting activities and enjoying the friendship and fellowship of others. Of course Saturday marked the start of our giving period whereby we start to address and respond to the “Big task, big ask” element of the Refurb project and the raising of nearly £400,000 for the first stage. But I hope it may also be a significant moment whereby our church and all we stand for can continue to work for good in our wider community, encouraging others that working together rather than against each other can bring about positive change.
So lots of lovely memories, and an encouragement for the future, in perhaps a similar way that the women’s anointing of Jesus shortly before his death, may have served our Lord. We reflected last Sunday how this spontaneous and perhaps reckless act of love and worship; the pouring out of precious oil (roughly worth £20,000 in today’s terms) would have stayed with Jesus (both through scent and memory) and sustained him through the difficulties he was to experience. May we too in our worship and love of Jesus be encouraged not to play it safe and quell the spontaneous!