I wonder how you are feeling as you read this letter, I must admit it has been a struggle for me to sit and ponder and wonder what to write to you about, ministry has been very busy. (Ha ha, maybe that’s a shock to you – not that ministry is busy, but I actually sit and ponder and not just write the ramblings of a mad woman – although some may say that, that is debatable).
St Marks church ministry is growing. I think it is the blessing of being in a place for an amount of time and people come to know you. However, with that come issues that have to be looked at, such as finding time to remember who we serve in the busyness of life and remembering that it is not just in our doing but also in our being that is important and that serves to remind us that it is not in our power that things come about, but through Gods power working in us.
We are entering Lent. This is a time to remember and reflect on God our Creator and His Son our Lord Jesus, our Saviour and all that he did to show us the Father’s love and to bring us home. At the very beginning of his ministry Jesus was taken, in the power of the Holy Spirit, into the wilderness for forty days, where he faced temptation, with the outcome of him to be tempted not to go down the path God had sent him to follow, to think more about himself and his own needs. I don’t know about you but it is the same temptation I face everyday, to put myself first and it is so easy to be distracted from what God purpose is, isn’t it? In this time of Lent, I wonder if we, as Gods church in this place, can take time over the next forty days or so to remember what we are called to do. We are called to follow Jesus; to spend time praying to God the Father, to heal the sick, seek out the lost and show Gods love to all His children. All the churches here in this place have recognised there is a great need, even in a lovely place like Scarisbrick, but also we are stronger together. We have been blessed with lovely buildings to do Gods work and they are situated strategically around the village but that is all they are. St Peter says “4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house.” (1 Peter 2:4-6) It is we the people who are the church.
So I wonder if this Lent we can take the time to reflect on who we all are as Gods church, recognise what we are all called to do together and individually. In our weakness and strength, in our experience and skills, in our wisdom and our foolishness God has given us all gifts and, as Jesus tells us, the power of His Holy Spirit to help us do the work.
We have a prayer for the whole church in Scarisbrick (Methodist, Church of England and Catholic) for the year and it is taken from Matthew 9:37, then Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore to send out the workers into His harvest field.”
A prayer for us as we enter Lent:-
Eternal God, whose Son went among the crowds and brought healing with his touch: help us to show his love, in your Church as we gather together, and by our lives as they are transformed into the image of Christ our Lord. Amen
God bless you, Rev’d Eileen