Rev. John's June Jottings

25 Jun 20

What does church mean to you at this time?

Is it just an empty building left to run down or is it more than that?  With the lockdown, the church has been alive and well, because the church is people.  Services have been sent out vial emails, post, over the phone and by use of other modern technology. Also, acts of kindness have been expressed in many practical ways.  Caring and sharing amongst the congregation and to others in the community and even those in need in other countries has been evident.  In many respects, the good news that brings comfort, peace and the answers to issues of life and death have been spread even more effectively than sitting in a building.  However, our church buildings matter.  Without them we miss the human element of congregational worship and fellowship.  The churchyards would lose being cared for and the visible church as a place of refuge in a noisy, fast and busy world would be lost.  The Christian church represents something of our identity without which we might as well be atheists or agnostics.  It’s a sobering thought.

When we eventually come out of lockdown and can return to some form of ‘normality’ who will be attending and supporting the churches in Ansley?

This month is the time in the Christian calendar when we celebrate Pentecost. The Day of Pentecost marks fifty days since Easter Day and brings the Easter season to an end. It is a major part of the Church’s year when Christians recall God’s Holy Spirit was given to the disciples after Jesus’ ascension, and the church was born.

Our Lord has kept His church going for over 2000 years and there’s no reason why He should not keep our church going!  As hymnwriter Samuel Stone in 1886 wrote ‘The Church’s One Foundation’ he says:

Though with a scornful wonder
men see her sore oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder,
by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping,
their cry goes up, "How long?"
And soon the night of weeping
shall be the morn of song. 

'Mid toil and tribulation,
and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation
of peace forevermore;
till with the vision glorious
her longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious
shall be the church at rest

Let us stand together with the desire to see the churches in Ansley thriving as we put our hand in God’s hand. 

Take care, stay alert and God bless you.

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