Pardon and Prayer
Church News | Sunday, 17 September 2017 |
At the 10.30am Service Revd Anne spoke of forgiveness and asked us how willing we were in general to be forgiving of people who have different views to ourselves. The majority of us have quite strong opinions and to make the point – she put the picture of a kitchen plaque on the front of the notice sheet that had two rules. Rule 1: said that - In this kitchen Mum is always right. And rule 2: suggested that you look at rule 1.! Comical may be, but it was meant to illustrate how opinionated most us are. She than posed the question asking us how flexible we are in accepting other Christians points of view. We are all very different and it stands to reason that we all see things in a different light but of course that doesn’t necessarily mean we are always right, in which case, we should be ready to forgive those Christians who have opposing views to us. Revd Anne ended her sermon by saying that whatever our views – we all have the same Lord so mutual respect if fundamental and we should always be prepared to accept other peoples’ point of view.
At Evening Prayer Revd Julie spoke of Paul who constantly toured around the country spreading the Good News of Jesus to the Elders of the church. At one point in his ministry Paul told the Elders that he didn’t think he would be coming their way again as he knew he was being sought after and would be persecuted for the strong faith he had. He said that he didn’t care about himself but just wanted time to spread the news about Jesus, Revd Julie, compared the work of Paul to the amazing Vicar of Bagdad who, from 2007 to 2014 worked with other faith leaders to try to find common ground on which to work. So successful was he at his work that he gained a vast amount of respect and trust from the leaders of other faiths. He would invite them to his home and discuss any issues that were on-going. However, things came to a head when Canon Andrew White invited the leaders of ISIS to a meeting at his home only to be told that should they meet up with him they would kill him. Under such dramatic circumstances he was ordered to leave the country. Not to be put off he continued working in other countries spreading the news. Revd Julie said that there was little most of us could do but that we should pray for all Christians who are being persecuted.