Church News | Sunday, 17 November 2019 |
At the 10.30am service this morning Revd Carolyn told us that last week she went on a four-day retreat with some of her colleagues to a lovely place near the sea… She said that the clergy are expected to take a few days out now and again to enable them to calm down, reflect on their faith and to recharge their batteries. In our reading from 2 Thessalonians 3: 6-13 however, it warns us not to act in a disorderly manner, or be idle, saying that if we don’t work, we should not eat! – Taking a few days off work to go on a retreat may seem like being idle but Carolyn assured us that its quite hard work… The majority of us lead such hectic, busy lives, hardly giving ourselves time to breathe, but God wants us to stop ‘doing’ from time to time and start ‘being’. Be faithful, be fearless and be prayerful. When we look around, there seems to be so much trouble in the world today what with wars, protests, fires and floods everywhere, that it's good for us to be still for a while, pray for peace and endurance, keep calm and trust in God. Amen!