Updated: Feb 13
It’s Ash Wednesday this week and as I said last week, it’s a time for some self-examination, not in terms of naval gazing or self-indulgence, but to review and measure where we are both as a church and in our personal walk with The Lord. It will be a time to ask ourselves if we are as generous to God as we could be. A time to journey toward Easter and remember God’s ultimate
generosity to us (and hopefully out of lockdown). A time to reimagine our vision and purpose in Filey too.
In 2 Cor 8 Paul says about the Macedonian church that “their first action was to give themselves to the Lord.” Are we doing that? In 2 Corinthians 4. 3-6 he reminds the church “For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord…”
We are not sales-people selling some kind of moral commission. We ‘preach’ as it were not simply in use of words, but in action. Faith draws us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbour as yourself”. In other words a follower of Jesus Christ is meant to be modelling God’s generosity!
This is something that Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover says in a recorded interview with me during the week, which you can find as part of our service this weekend. It is available on our website or YouTube. If you do not have internet access but would like the service on a DVD, please contact Nigel.
You will find details of our planned Lent prayers and Bible Study below and I hope that you will at least use the Bible Study material being sent out each Friday to reflect on. Please consider joining the ZOOM Bible Study group meeting throughout Lent which will further explore the passages.
Let me finish with the Franciscan Blessing that Bishop Rose uses at the end of our online service. It serves as a stark reminder particularly if we are going to be that kind of church that makes a difference.
“May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers,
half-truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice,
oppression and exploitation of people,
so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed
for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war,
so that you may reach out your hand
to comfort them and turn their pain to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you can make a difference in this world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
With Every Blessing