Pewsheet for Week Beginning 12th March 2017

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From the Rector…

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The reading from Genesis this morning gives us an example of the honest and direct conversations that Abram (and Abraham, as he is to become) has with God.  He is able to express his deepest hope and desire (and have a little moan at the same time!).  Abram’s trust in God’s response is “reckoned … as righteousness”.

Notice that Abram doesn’t do or try to prove anything to God, nor promise anything in return.  He simply believes and trusts and that is enough to secure his citizenship in heaven (to use St Paul’s phrase) – notwithstanding the very earthly focus of his desires.

This week we have been urged to think deeply about what it means to be a citizen (“subject”, actually) in this nation and how (or whether) that is compatible with membership of a wider European family – and the varied answers to such deliberations will feature heavily in the press between now and June.  As the debate rages, perhaps we could challenge ourselves to think what our own reaction to it says about our deepest desires and hopes?

What is it we really want for ourselves, our community … our parish?  Does that reveal us as citizens of heaven, or are we still in need of Jesus’ transforming power?  Do we have the confidence to speak honestly to God about it?  And, will we trust in God’s response?

Anthony

From the Curate…

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I preached a couple of weeks ago about a how genuine encounters with God will change us; and that genuine encounters with God only happen when we give Him space in our lives.  Hopefully, as you read this we have successfully arrived as a family in Cornwall – to a flat rented for church workers to have space and time with God away from their ministry.  Space to spend time in reading the scriptures, in prayer and in some (but not guaranteed!) silence.

I have read that Waterloo was won in the classrooms of Eton – meaning that our officers had formed the right habit to lead well. So also, as Christians we must form the right habits in order to live Christ like lives.  Jesus’ response to his three tests in the wilderness shows that he had formed the right habits – for he responds by quoting scripture and awareness of the Spirit.  Jesus’ ministry is defined by this knowledge of scripture and prayer.  Perhaps this Lent we might give God space (maybe start with 15 mins) by reading a short passage and then praying each day – then we might be better equipped to face the trials of life.

Steve