We are an Evangelical Church in the Village of Barston.....
Loated near Knowle and Solihull, in the West Midlands, UK
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Services in Church Buildings are currently suspended
CHURCH IS OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER 4th & 8th July 9.00 am to 5.00pm
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Vicar's Reflection 4th Sunday after Trinity
WHO TO PLEASE???
Good morning everyone, we are in the process of relaxing the lock down, and I dare say, many people are relieved, some may even be more anxious, some looking to get to back to normal, whatever that is! But we do need a word of caution as a famous leader once said
“now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps, the end of the beginning”.
Corona virus is going to be with us from here on in....
As shops, pubs clubs, cinemas, theme parks, begin to open up so does our church buildings... ‘The church’ has not gone away or been closed as the church is the people of God, but our buildings have been and now we are looking how best and safely to open them. This is a voyage of discovery and in the process, and I paraphrase a famous saying
“You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot please all of the people all of the time.”
This reflects what Jesus was saying in our gospel reading this morning, Matthew 11 16-19, 25-30. The people complained that John the Baptist was not ‘normal’ living in the desert and that Jesus was a drunkard who liked the good life. The people just could not be pleased! Too hot, too cold and no just right.
The same is true today with scenes from the Bournemouth beach families with children, and yet their parents deemed it unsafe for the children to go to school?????? Now sometimes commonsense goes out of the window and we do things we actually don’t want to do. And that is what Saint Paul concluded in our other reading this morning. He writes “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate to do....” how many of us can identify with this, I for one do! Either inadvertently or purposefully we do what we know we should not do and in this pandemic and releasing of lock down we may end up doing what we should not and give the virus a chance to spread.
Paul ends up coming to a conclusion that there is a battle within a person, of knowing the right thing to do but the old selfish nature hasn’t given up and gets it’s own way. The same may be true of society at large...at war with itself with conflicting agendas such as economic recovery and health. And what about the church how are we going to steer our way through this time. Well listening again to Jesus, knowing that we cannot all be pleased all of the time, but by understanding our vulnerability. Jesus sees this vulnerability and invites all who are weary to come to him and find rest and peace. Our weariness can be caused by many things not least by covid19, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. These all impact us as individuals as well as a society and Church and so we all need to take seriously Jesus invitation to “come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest...”
Lest us all do this and rest in his peace
Loving Lord, you invite us and welcome us
whether we are singing joyfully or weeping mournfully.
To you we bring ourselves, our community and our world.
For those who rejoice and are filled with energy
give ways to express their joy wisely and compassionately.
For those who are worried and apprehensive
grant wisdom and peace.
For those who are eager to be out and about, to be with others, to be sociable,
grant sensitivity and patience.
For those who are exhausted in body or in spirit,
let the lightness of being yoked to you bring comfort and encouragement.
Enable us and all decision makers to see the wider picture
and to respond with your wisdom.
In your name we pray.
(Ref Roots Stuart Wild is a minister in the Bolton and Rochdale Methodist District.)
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