Church News | Monday, 17 July 2017 |
In her address at the 10.30am Eucharist Service Diana told us that she had attended a special service during the week where those who had been attending the most recent Course in Christian Studies were presented with their certificates. Diana has been acting as assistant tutor to a small group of people who had been growing in good soil. Diana was referring back of course, to the Gospel reading from Matthew 13: where it reminds us of the sower who went out to sow seeds. Diana said that learning more about scripture helps us grow strong roots as the work we need to do for God is very powerful and being better informed helps us to move forward. Jesus’ teaching was formed from the lessons written in the Old Testament. We, on the other hand, grow by coming together in church through worship and prayer and in taking part in the Eucharist. The Sacraments feed us and we grow with the help of the Holy Spirit which binds us and holds us together with God so that we produce the powerful grain of love which forms the bread of life for us, his sheep.
At Evening Prayer, we sang Psalm 64, Revd Carolyn often refers to the psalms when she gives her sermon as she feels they are very important to us as Christians. She said that many people find the psalms difficult and tend to read or sing the words without really engaging with the message it intends to convey. Revd Carolyn said that the Psalms, and there are 150 of them, represent every emotion that us, as human beings feel. And psalm 64 addresses the fear of being under attack.
Psalm 64 v 1-2 1 Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; Preserve my life from fear of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity,
In today’s climate, many people in public life feel constantly under attack especially politicians, even the clergy can feel under attack said Carolyn who felt very disheartened after attending a clergy conference recently where some were booed by others who did not agree with their policies and remarks! King David of the Old Testament often felt under attack and like him we would benefit from calling upon God when we feel threatened and afraid.