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Dear Friends,

In the gospels there is a story all about want. It talks of WANT, WANT, WANT, WANT, and even more WANT! There are two men in the story who are individually saying: 'Give me what I want' 'Let it be as I want'.

Their friends, who were close by heard them both, go on and on about what they wanted. These friends were indignant. Now, in all honesty, it could have been that they too, wanted their own say in things, or, that they had their own desires, but simply kept quiet. It was all a sorry state of affairs.

The two disciples in this story were James and John. They wanted power and prestige. They wanted to be in positions where their views would be listened to and implemented. Jesus, though, had other ideas. He told them that they were missing the point.  The point of discipleship was not to have power and prestige; discipleship meant a life being turned upside down. A life of discipleship is characterised by being in humble and loving service.

This story comes from Mark 10: 35-45. It came to my mind as I reflect on Church Council Meetings here and in previous appointments. So often there is a debate over property, books, and a piece of equipment and of course money. Sometimes any of the above may be a gift which the chapel has been offered.  Getting uptight over what we may or may not WANT, simply because we can, isn't ideal. The purpose of a Church is to exercise the ministry of Christ and a church council is meant to uphold this. What God wants is the most important thing.  

Back to the story, Jesus had again predicted his death, of what would happen to him. He was preparing the disciples. Within a very short while after this story, He would enter Jerusalem, be arrested, denied, mocked and crucified. With all of this on his mind, he had two ambitious men in front of him, full of their own wants. He had to deal with them and their requests. He told them that even He, the Son of Man came to serve, and not to be served. Mark 10:45 is the key verse to the whole of this gospel.  Jesus came to serve. As Mark's gospel continues, we hear of James and John again. We hear of them working with Jesus, serving him and God's people. Their own desires and wants are put aside for the Lord's work.

Charles Wesley in his hymn HP 785 says: "To serve the present age, my calling to fulfil; - O may it all my powers engage to do my Master's will". These words may have been written in the 1700s, but they are very relevant today. The 'present age', continues to evolve and needs the church to keep up with it, adapting to and meeting the needs of God's people at whatever time. For us, now, we need to work with the people God has given us, accepting how different we all are, consider what gifts we have as people, or even materially, and use all  to serve the Lord; just as James and John had to.

We too are travelling towards Jerusalem in our Lenten journey and should be mindful of what happened to Jesus Christ, our Lord. So, during Lent, we as church folk, as Christians are urged to turn away from evil, from our own desires and wants, from all that denies Christ and turn to God. We are to consider life with Christ as a servant church. Our sole aim being to make followers of Jesus, by sharing the Good News that comes from His resurrection, the news we were given by others long ago.

With every blessing,    Lin


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1st Saturday of the month 10.00 - 12.00


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