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February - Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit

Updated: Mar 30

1 Corinthians 6:19

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?


I read this today….It is a thought provoking reminder.


This body I live in is a temple. What an awesome thought that is! When I look at the temple that is my body, what does it tell me about my purpose in life? What does it tell others about who I am and what I stand for? My body is a temple in which the Spirit of God dwells. I do not belong to myself and do not have ultimate control. None of us do. Every day we're invited to a deeper realisation that our lives, all life, is sacred, because the Creator of all life made us and …..dwells within us!

  • How aware am I of the sacredness of my life, all life?

  • What can I do differently to remind myself that I am a temple of the Holy Spirit?

These words are a reminder that our sacred relationship with God constantly needs our attention - individually and corporately. They ask us to consider how we are serving God; ALL of us, not just the keen or the paid! What is our purpose, what do we stand for?


I do understand how tired people feel at the moment, it is very difficult to gain momentum; but as we emerge once again from restrictions (hopefully for the last time) what do you think our

priorities for the Mission and Ministry of our churches should be? Having kept the “show on the road” for 2 years it’s time for us to focus once again. Our ‘Parish Away Day’ in October gave us some impetus, but what are the specifics we should concentrate on? I’ll be asking the PCC and leadership team to help develop our ongoing vision with me so that we can plan and effectively accomplish what we believe God is calling us to be and do in 2022. Please would you pray about this too and about what God may be calling you to be involved in, or indeed step back from!


The Archbishop of York recently said “As the church of Jesus Christ we have two stories to tell: the story of Jesus’s life, death and resurrection; and the continuing story of what Jesus has done through his church, including what he is doing in our lives right now by the power of the Spirit. That’s Living Christ’s Story”.


“Our task as the people of God, here and now, is to share the story of Christ by letting God write that story on our own hearts and by writing the next chapter of all that Jesus is going to do here. This is about church being simpler in our systems and structures to serve our mission; humbler because we must acknowledge our failures and live within our means; and bolder because the things entrusted to us in Christ are what the world needs.


Might the Archbishop’s words help us to take the words of St Paul to heart more earnestly? “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?


Of course the life of our parish is busy, perhaps too busy as we pull in different directions at times. Yet we cannot do everything. So we need some focus. Please pray with me for that focus to be clear. Being church needs all of us to be involved as we are able. It needs each one of us to offer to God our spiritual as well as practical gifts, talents and our resources.


What are your priorities?


If for instance, our faith is to have children (I use that expression advisedly), then we need to look at what we are doing and where we need to make creative and effective changes.


If it is to care for the elderly or for those in need or those struggling financially, then what ought we do to develop opportunities to show that we care?


If spiritual matters are a priority, then what do we need to be doing to develop a deeper engagement with the Gospel and our own personal spiritual growth?


Don’t misunderstand me, there are many areas of our church life that we should celebrate, there is much going on that is good. What I am asking us to do is have a ministry focus for 2022.


Being an eclectic church means offering a range of opportunities for people to come together, to pray, study the bible, worship and develop spiritually and to express their faith in practical ways. I hope you feel excited about this and that you will continue with me in prayer for the mission and ministry of Christ’s church in Filey.


With every blessing

Revd. Nigel


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