Not our problem?
Church News | Sunday, 19 May 2019 |
This morning Revd Anne began her sermon by saying that if we had been listening and watching the news this week, we may be wondering exactly what is happening in the world today. What with countries fighting each other, young people taking their own lives due to social media prompts, rich countries trying to extract money from their poor neighbours, our government being in constant turmoil amid general social unrest. Do we care? Are these troubles our problem? For when we look around at our own little world the majority of us only see the good...
Take our annual May Fayre for instance, the good Lord granted us a lovely day, everyone who set up the fete had worked incredibly hard to get everything just right, generosity was overflowing, not only from those who did the work, but from people and local businesses that we may not know – People spent their hard earned money on items, raffles and games all in a bid to raise money for our beautiful church. Plus, the worthy and needy charity of Christian Aid. So, are the world’s troubles our problems?
Revd Anne read us a poem written by Martin Niemöller a German Lutheran pastor who became disillusions with Adolph Hitler who was the leader of his country during World War Two, the poem goes something like this:
‘First, they came for the Socialists but I didn’t speak out because I am not a socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists but I didn’t speak out because I am not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews but I didn’t speak out because I am not a Jew.
Then they came for me, but there was no one left to speak out for me.’
Makes you think doesn’t it? However, on a more positive note: Our May Fayre raised around £2,800, plus and we await news of money raised through Christian Aid.