I wonder how you’re doing in response to the invitation from Jesus to 'follow me'? Last Sunday we started a new series, looking at the how person of Abraham responded to the same call from God to follow and trust him. However all was not straightforward for this ‘friend of God’, and we wrestled with the difficult passage found in Genesis 22 whereby his faith and belief was hugely tested by God, regarding his son Isaac. Once again, it would appear, God was seeking a whole hearted response, where nothing is held back in our attempts to follow him. We finished by reflecting on the words found within the Methodist covenant service (see below), whose serious stakes strike me afresh each year. Whilst generally used at the beginning of a new year, perhaps we could use at as a point of prayer for this coming season of Lent, which of course starts tomorrow.
We’ll be marking the season of Lent in a number of ways, starting with a shared communion here in church tomorrow on Ash Wednesday morning at 9.30am where we reflect on our mortality, with the encouragement to live and make the most of the lives we are given. For those unable to attend, a similar occasion will be on offer at the Wednesday evening house group, which this week meets at Paul and Judith’s from 7.30pm, to which all are equally invited (call the church office - 2736608 if you require more details). We will also be holding a Sunday evening Lent group 7 - 8pm in church, which again all are welcome to join for as many or few sessions as you are able.
I wish us all a fruitful Lent, as well as a good pancake of two this evening!
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing,
put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you,
or laid aside for you,
exalted for you,
or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.