Next Week’s Diary

 

Sat      19 January  10.00 a.m.  Parish Council Meeting

Sun     20 January   8.30 a.m.  Eucharist, presided over by Rev. John Maddocks, followed by morning tea

The craft group is in recession until 1st February

 

Gospel Reflection

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2nd Sunday after Epiphany

20 January, 2019

 

Gospel Reflection

 

“In water one sees one’s own face.  But in wine one beholds the heart of another.” – French proverb

By changing water into wine Jesus is not belittling water, as if it needed to be upgraded.  Water is still extremely significant in the bible.  In Scripture we see water images in creation, in crossing the Red Sea, in the Noah flood, and especially in Baptism.  The Cana story is not a conflicting message, but an additional different picture showing the shape of God’s kingdom.  An understanding is found in the water jugs.  They were containers set aside for rites of Jewish purification (John 2:6).  Now they hold an abundance of fine wine.  The point is that at one time we found access to God by means of ritual purification.  Now we find our way to God through Jesus.  However, let us not be critical of Judaism.  Many of we Christians think that we have access to God merely by the externals of church ritual and membership.  That only replaces one water jug for another.  That was fine when we were little children.  However, we all need to grow up spiritually.  Not abandoning ritual, but also in our daily lives we need to be at the Cana wedding, feasting with Jesus, accepting the best wine, the best life.   God is found in the bible, in church, and in prayer.  But God is also found in everything.  A further message in this story is that of abundance.  We may think that there is just not enough in this life, not enough of whatever: joy, happiness, acceptance, fullness of living.  We may wrongly assume that there is a shortage for the people of the world, and for any of us personally.  Jesus does not accept this pessimism of scarcity.  The time has come to drink the best wine.

 

 

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Pray-As-You-Go

Often it is difficult to pray alone at home,so why not try http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/ this links you with praying Christians around the world, of many traditions- offering scripture, silence, beautiful music, reflection time, space for contemplation and intercession.

St Barnabas’ Parish Prayer

Lord,

May the people of this Parish be never ceasing in prayer, so that we may all be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Help us to lead lives worthy of God, fully pleasing to him while bearing fruit in every good work.

May we all be made strong in the power of God, who rescues us from the powers of darkness and transfers us to the Kingdom of his Son in whom we have forgiveness of sins,

Amen

At the time of choosing an incumbent

Bountiful God,

give to this parish a faithful pastor who will faithfully speak your word and minister your sacraments;

an encourager who will equip your people for ministry and enable us to fulfil our calling.

Give to those who will choose, wisdom, discernment and patience, and to us give warm and generous hearts, for Jesus Christ’s sake.