ABM Reflection

The writer of Psalm 130 knows the depths of despair and from that state he cries out to the Lord, because with the Lord there is mercy and ample redemption. And so it is for us: if we are feel hopeless or miserable because of some situation that’s tumbling over our heads, crashing like waves all over us, then all we need to do is turn to the one who can rescue any of us from the multitude of their sins. Praise God for such abundant mercy and care

  • Pray for all those who find themselves overwhelmed by circumstances – whether of their own making of because of the folly of others. Pray that God will lift them out of their distress and strengthen their heart.
  • Give thanks for the work and witness of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, especially in Zambia.

Text:           © Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

 

 

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Gospel Reflection

Pentecost 4

20 June, 2021

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” – Vincent van Gogh

 We were never promised a rose garden.  But if we have one there will be thorns.  Also, we were never promised a storm free life.  Thorns and storms are essential for growth in life.  In life storms come up quickly without notice.  Who would ever expect their life to fall apart?  Where is the hope?  Poet and priest George Herbert said that storms make oaks take deeper roots.  In today’s Gospel Jesus sleeps in the stern of the ship.  In the midst of the terrifying storm the disciples wake him up and ask: “Do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38)  Message: Duh, you expected life without storms?  Get a grip.  Of course Jesus cares; but he is still moved to call them cowards.  He stills the sea storm; but that is not the primary example of his care.  Sometimes God calms the storm.  Sometimes God calms the sailor.  Calming the sailors is God’s main act of concern.  The wise person in the storm prays to God, not for safety from peril, but escape from fear.  There will be storms of lose (job, friend, respect, honour), storms of emotion (depression, sadness), storms by death, hatred and unfairness, storms we never thought would come our way.  Hear Jesus say to our fear “Quiet, be still.”  (Mark 4:39)  Look to see who sleeps in the stern of our life’s ship.  Ride the storm.

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Bible Study

You are welcome to join us for a wonderful time of fellowship and meditation on God’s Word. Our Lenten Study is “Known by our Love”

We meet on Tuesday mornings at 09:30am in St. Michaels Room.

There will be no Bible Study on 25 May 2021, but will resume on 01 June 2021.