Turning the clocks back at this time of year seems to mark a shift in the changing seasons. As the nights get colder and darker many of us find that we begin to spend more time indoors keeping ourselves safe and warm as the year begins to draw to a close.
With the changing weather, Brunswick is able once again to offer warmth and light to some of the most vulnerable people in our city through our Winter Night Shelter Project that starts on 7thNovember. During our service this Sunday, Annette, who is helping to co-ordinate the project on behalf of the Diocese, came along to share with us some good news stories from the last time we hosted the shelter and an encouragement to support the next one in whatever way we can.
This week also marks a change in the seasons in the Church. So called ‘Ordinary Time’ gives way to a period when Christians begin to focus their thoughts on preparing for Advent and Christmas. The first event to mark that change is All Saints Day which took place this Tuesday. Traditionally it is a day when we think about all those ‘saints’ who have gone before us and to consider aspects of their lives that might offer us some example to follow.
It can also be a time when we think about what makes someone a saint in the first place. The dictionary describes a saint as ‘an exceptionally good person’ and maybe that is what most people think. However, I’d prefer to see a saint as someone who is simply willing to let God into their lives and to be open to ways in which he can bring about change for the better that will benefit others as well as ourselves.
Someone not unlike a man called Zacchaeus that Judith told us about on Sunday. In opening himself up to Jesus, Zacchaeus was not only saved from a life of greed and loneliness but he was also saved into a new relationship with God, a new identity, and a community of faith all of which provided him the opportunity for healing and new life.
If you can, why not join with the other saints of Brunswick this Sunday as we think more about what it means to be saint along with further examples from the Bible. There’ll also be a chance to share food and fellowship at our monthly ‘Bring and Share’ which a member of our Junior Sunday School described as one of his most important and special meals. I hope it is for you as well.
Enjoy the rest of your week