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I love the desert Fathers and Mothers, I love their quirkiness and far out faith, probably also their madness and passion in the way they express their love of Jesus. The stories that they have shared have been passed down to us. One of my favourites is this one.
Abba Lot came to Abba Joseph and said: Father, according as I am able, I keep my little rule, and my little fast, my prayer, meditation and contemplative silence; and, according as I am able, I strive to cleanse my heart of thoughts: now what more should I do?
The elder rose up in reply and stretched out his hands to heaven, and his fingers became like ten lamps of fire. He said: Why not become fire?
As we celebrate Pentecost we are reminded of fire and we are asked to do all those things which we do as people of faith, but this is taken one step further, we are to become fire. Just like the apostles as fire rested on them, it sent them out into the world, into the unknown.
What does it mean to become fire, well I think it involves passion, and that can be a dangerous word for many, because once you are passionate you are ignited and that can draw you into places you would rather not go.
The mystics when they share God, talk about a living flame that is in each of us, a spark of the divine. And that spark in you can ignite and unleash the power of God’s love into the world.
Why not this Pentecost become FIRE in God.
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Read Acts of the Apostles 5:1-16 read it through 3 times and reflect with the questions, what did you hear, see, say and do?
Last week we ended with this beautiful new community being all equal. Today we see things going wrong and human natures takes over.
In verses 5:1-11 we have the story of Ananias and Sapphira.
Especially as it was their property to sell, it belonged to them.
An insight into this is Joshua 7 The sin of Achan and its punishment. (This is long so if part of online bible study please read beforehand)
The lie is central to this as it is a lie interpreted to the Holy Spirit and God. God hates hypocrisy.
Luke is telling us that the early Christian community was functioning somewhat like the Temple itself. It was a place of holiness and in that blemishes were magnified.
Rather like people say, how could you steal from churches?
Nothing happens like this again, except there is a warning in 1 Corinthians 5:1-5. It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living with his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Should you not rather have mourned, so that he who has done this would have been removed from among you?
For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present I have already pronounced judgement in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing. When you are assembled, and my spirit is present with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.
This is really about being true, if we say we are Christian and choose that life, then we shouldn’t have some sort of Christian veneer. Holiness is not an optional extra, it is your life, the whole of your life, at the pub, with your family, with your friends and work and in bed.
To name the name of Jesus and to invoke the Holy Spirit is to claim to be the temple of the living God, and that is bound to have consequences.
In verses 12-16 we are told that people carrier the sick out so that Peter’s shadow could heal them.
In Luke 8:44 we are told She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her haemorrhage stopped.
And in Acts 19:12 So that when the handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, their distress left them, and the
evil spirits came out of them.
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Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen
Saturday 31st May YouTube Quiz
Saturday 20th June Summer Fair
Saturday 18th July Garden party
Sunday 9th August Cream teas in the rectory 3.30 to 5.30 pm
Sunday 6th September Craft Afternoon 2- 5 pm
Saturday 19th September Traditional Harvest supper 7 pm
Friday 16th October Cocktail evening
Saturday 21st November Christmas Fayre
December (date TBC) Beer and Carols in the Garibaldi
Sunday 28th June Patronal Festival - BBQ in The Rectory Garden
Monday 29th June Rounders match
Tuesday 30th June Friendly bombs event
Wednesday 1st July 11am Eucharist followed by lunch
Thursday 2nd July Teddy Bears Picnic for 1-100 year olds
Friday 3rd July Afternoon Tea 2:30-5pm followed by Compline
Sunday 5th July Choral Evensong
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