Amma Sue - May 2015

posted 2 Jun 2015, 09:09 by Richard Jones   [ updated 2 Jun 2015, 09:09 ]

Dear Friends 

The Lord be with you.  And also with you. 

These are the opening words of the Common Worship Eucharist and we find them echoed in a slightly different way in the Book of Common Prayer offices of Morning and Evening Prayer as they are placed later in the services just before the prayers. However, they are much more important that a simple hello or a prelude to the daily collects. For these words express just what our relationship with God and each other means.  They are words of blessing from priest to people and from people to priest, and remind us that Church is not limited to the ordained and/or the licensed but in fact the Church is every single person.  As I remind the Confirmation candidates each year, the Church is not the building it’s the people.   Week by week as we say these words this is brought home to us in a special way.  For at the most significant parts of our worship we “bless” each other.  For me as the priest it’s a very moving moment as I receive the blessing of the Royal Priesthood, the people of God before I lead God’s people in worship and prayer and stand before God on their behalf. 

Week by week as we gather, and day by day as we go about our daily lives, we are the hands and feet of Christ to the world and to each other; and as Jesus said: “As my Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 21:20). 

As members of Christ’s body we have not been made members of a “holy huddle” but of a missionary people tasked with spreading the good news of the Gospel with those around us; and as we continue our great celebration of Easter and prepare to celebrate the ‘birthday of the church’ at Pentecost there is no better time than now to do just that.  Of course spreading the good news of the Gospel is so much more than getting people to come to Church, but that’s a pretty good way of sharing it.  There are many folk out there who really need to hear the good news that love is stronger than death, and that even the grave could not defeat the love of God in Christ.  So why not make a point of inviting someone along to our to church one Sunday.  Perhaps someone who has “lost the habit” and just needs a friendly invitation to take it up again?  If every regular worshipper brought along just one or two other people we’d more than double the numbers of “living stones…precious in God’s sight…a holy priesthood” offering “spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:4).As I never get tired of saying: Christianity is a faith that is more ‘caught’ than ‘taught’.

With every blessing    Amma Sue