“Thank you all who made Remembrance Sunday so special last weekend. Over 570 people attended at the 9.30am civic service. On Tuesday, before the short service in the town centre, I led a Service at 10.00am for the children of Lyngford Park Primary School to give them a further understanding about what happens at Remembrance. Like most schools, the children have completed a project on the First World War and this was part of their learning. The children were exceptionally well behaved and a credit to their school. It was a joy and a privilege to lead this. Thanks also to Lt Col Ray Hall and the standard bearers who helped make it feel such a special occasion.”
We will be holding a craft fair in St Mary Magdalene on 22nd November from 10.00am – 2.00pm.
If anyone who has a craft would like to hire or share a table for £10 per table, or would like more info’ please email Debbie Whitaker at email@example.com. We will also be having a cakes & preserves stall, so all donations would be gratefully received on the morning of the 22nd November.
This is being organised by members of our church. Please give this event your support.
Through the following weeks we will be considering different kings and rulers who have adopted very different styles of leadership. From them we can learn good and bad leadership. We can also learn how to behave when we are under good or bad leaders.
Today we see the leader of leaders, Jesus Christ. He is the archetypal leader: “the King of kings and Lord of lords” (v.15). As Graham Kendrick’s song goes: “He is the servant king.” He does not lord it over others. He does not dominate by force, but leads by example. Though he is sovereign he does not use force, but wins by love.
When he stood on trial before Pilate he said, “My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world my servants would fight …” (John 18:36). Jesus was not saying that his kingship had nothing to do with this world! He was saying that his source of power and authority was not provided by this world e.g. swords and spears. His weapons were (as Paul would say) spiritual, not carnal (see 2 Cor. 10:4). Jesus ruled and rulers by Prayer, by the Word and by the Spirit. By these means he wins people’s hearts and minds. They are captivated by love, not by fear and coercion.
He instructed his disciples that their leadership should be like his, not like worldly rulers. He said, “… whoever would be great among you must be your servant … for the son of man came to serve, and to give his life …” (Mark 10:44-45).
Whatever position of leadership we are in, whether in our family or at work or in our church, we need to follow in the steps of our Lord and Master. We are always in it for the good of those ‘under’ us, and not for our own benefit. Of course there are privileges that go with leadership, but our motivation is costly service for the good of others.
Thank you Lord, for your humble service and sacrifice. I pray for my attitude to others, and I pray for those in leadership in our church and government. Amen.
On Sunday 9th November, Remembrance Sunday, we remember those who have died or were injured serving in the armed forces, defending our country. We remember current members of the armed forces in their important role as peacemakers and guardians of the principle of living in a free and open society. We pray for peace in the world. At this County Civic Service of Remembrance we welcome the Bishop of Taunton, Peter Maurice. We are looking forward to the message he will bring. Revd Dennis Cavaghan will lead a communion service this evening.
So often the demands of our God might at first seem a bit of a bind. We would rather do something else. However, as ever, to follow the rules of life is not only a blessing to others, but it is also a blessing to ourselves. God is no man’s debtor; we cannot out-give God.
Abraham had been waiting for 24 years to have a son and heir. He was now desperately old and so was his wife, Sarah. When he was sitting under an oak tree three unknown visitors arrived. Abraham’s immediate reaction was to press them to stay and to offer hospitality. The results of this were that he and his wife received a prophetic word assuring them that within a year they would be parents!
Similarly, when the two who were returning to Emmaus after the crucifixion were met by a stranger, they entered into deep and fascinating conversation. When they arrived at their home the stranger made as if to go on, but they pressed him to stay (Luke 24:28-29). As a result of this they saw him break bread and their eyes were opened to behold the risen Christ. What a blessing!
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews also gives one of the benefits of loving our neighbour (especially strangers and needy people). He writes: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2). He may well have been referring to the visitation of the three emissaries sent by God to Abraham (vv.1,2).
If we do not love our neighbour as Jesus loved us, then our heart shrinks and we start to live only for ourselves and our family. But as we learn to love our neighbour as ourselves, who knows what benefits will follow or what doors may open? So let us widen our boundaries and expand our loving.
Thank you Lord for my neighbour. May I love each one, just as you love me, for your name’s sake. Amen.
1 What benefit did Rahab the harlot receive for hiding the spies?
HOST is looking for kind, friendly, hospitable people of all ages whose imaginations are caught by the idea of welcoming an international student at university here, far from his or her own family, to their home, for a day, a weekend or at Christmas. You don’t need to live near a university, as students will travel for the privilege of meeting you, learning about real life in this country, and sharing their own culture.
HOST is a voluntary activity which makes ambassadors for international goodwill of us all.
Please see www.hostuk.org or call regional organiser Frances Good at 01934 712606.