I found the talk by Ed Walker from Hope Into Action at last Sunday’s service both inspiring and challenging. If you did not have chance to hear it I encourage you to listen to it at: https://churchbytheriver.org.uk/wp3/multimedia/
I had several thoughts at the time and since:
Jesus spent time particularly with the poor and excluded in society
Jesus tells us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give hospitality to the stranger and visit the imprisoned, as if they were himself (Matt 25)
Words need to be backed up by deeds - to have Hope the poor need Action
I asked my self what can I do to help? But maybe I should ask God what does He want me to do?
Most of all I have been struck by the thought that the love of God is seen most clearly in the sacrificial death of Jesus and that sacrifice preceded resurrection in the life of Jesus; ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.’ Matt 26.
There is great blessing in discipleship, but also a sacrifice to self - in Mark 8 Jesus says: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me”
In talking about the church’s response to homelessness the Bishop of Kensington says “the path to salvation lies through, not around, sacrifice”.
I know God loves me and has blessed me, but I pray that my comfortable life may not make me deaf to the cry of those in need.
May God give us a heart to pray for those in need; be generous with our tithes, talents and time; and act whenever and wherever possible to show God’s love, in the name of Jesus.
Youth will continue to meet on zoom, 5pm on a Sunday evening. If you are aged 11-18, you would be very welcome to join us. This term we are looking at the Lord's prayer, as well as, playing some games, and praying for each other.