• Creation and Creativity
    Looking out of my window at all the various colours of green that come at this time of year, as well as the abundance of colour in the garden, I cannot but think about God’s wonderful creative mind. As Christians, we believe we are made in the image of God… that means that we can be creative like him. Whether in the garden, on a canvas, through a lens, on paper or using modern technology we have the possibility of being creative and bringing colour to peoples lives. I have been challenged myself in the past few days to think about how creative I am by being asked if I could bring a 10 minute “Generation Game” skill to an Adcote School event.
    But it goes one step further. When an artist finishes his best painting, he sits back, observes and enjoys the moment. When a writer or sculptor finishes a project, they enjoy a glowing moment of accomplishment. When you see the results of two years’ hard work in a garden, you appreciate them. The Bible says that after he had finished creating the world, “God looked at what he had done. All of it was very good!” (Genesis 1:31). God looks at his creation of humanity, as well as the rest of creation, and says ‘it is very good.’ We are an integral part of God’s creation and, most importantly, we are pleasing to him.
    How amazing! Yet we are not just to look at it but to relate to it. That means that he also hopes to enjoy our company. Another challenge…
    So this summer, as most of us have some time to relax and be, let’s try and walk in the knowledge that we are pleasing to God and ask him to enhance our own creativity by bringing colour to people’s lives.
    Creator of all, thank You for summer!
    Thank You for the warmth of the sun
    and the increased daylight.
    Thank You for the beauty I see all around me
    and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation.
    May I understand that I am pleasing to you.
    As I enjoy your creation, help me be creative for you.
    In Jesus’ name. Amen.
    With many blessings,
    Lucinda
  • Cold outside but a warm heart
    I am writing this in the middle of another really cold spell. When we go out we have to wrap up warmly, probably with more layers than usual otherwise we might catch cold. Having had an early taste of Spring last week, I quite enjoyed the warmer weather.
    The period of Lent, leading up to Easter, is a time when Christians are asked to examine their hearts, often by giving things up. If you have been to any of our church services recently, you will know that we have been thinking about how we can be more servant-hearted rather than just giving something up for the sake of it, asking Jesus for his help as we consciously choose to follow his teachings rather than go our own way. That is the way of keeping our hearts warm, not letting them go cold.
    The apostle Paul suggests that:
    “… each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Havethis mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking the form of a servant, being born in human likeness.”
    (Philippians 2: 4-7)
    If you are having trouble staying physically warm due to financial difficulties or if you are thinking about cultivating a warmer heart, please get in touch.
    Blessings, Lucinda
  • Pastoral Care

    They say that time flies when you are content and that has certainly happened this year for me. But I wonder about all of you?

    Christmas is meant to be a festive time of joy as we remember that God himself became a baby to help us understand how much he loves us and wants to bring peace to us and to the world at large.

    Far from feeling joyful I am sure there are those of you who suffer in silence – our Pastoral Care team are very willing to come round to chat or help. Please let me know for yourself or a neighbour, particularly at this time of year when it gets dark so early…. It is easy to feel lonely. Ring me or use the website form to request a visit.

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