Hello everyone! It has been lovely this weekend as my beloved
has been feeling better, my inspired chef, and encourager, who makes my life
special. That has lifted my spirits
together with the sunshine and the garden brimming with insect life, birds and
a cascade of butterflies on the lavender, buddleia and aconites; a wonderful
sight to behold. My spirits have also
lifted as I do not have to plan any more services until October! I have just led my 4th service in
4 weeks, as it is the holiday season, and no longer being a teacher I am in
demand to cover school holidays; I love to go away when it is not school
holidays now I can!!
I led this morning’s
service at Pannal Chapel and as it was a ‘family’ service, I prepared children’s
activity sheets and had 2 short talks, instead of a sermon, and a dramatised
reading! I read first of Jeremiah’s call to be a prophet and how he felt young
and lacking in confidence, but God assured him he would give him the words and
protect him, as his message would often be a rebuke to the people of Israel.
No children came but I
found the adults enjoyed the family service; three people read the reading from
Luke 13v10-17 as a dramatised reading about the healing of the bent woman. That helped bring the reading alive. I then called for 3 volunteers to help me
tell the story from the reading, the woman, Jesus and the president of the synagogue;
the three adults really entered into the role play and were applauded at the
end. I encouraged the congregation to
learn from Jesus not to put off till the next day what you can do to help
someone and alleviate their suffering, even if it is not convenient. I do advocate resting on a Sunday but not to
cling to our rest at the expense of someone’s needs. I chose Songs of Fellowship which I love,
namely ‘When I feel the touch of your hands upon my life’ and ‘Purify my heart’
both of which enabled us to focus on Jesus and received his Spirit to help us
in our worship. Two hymns I chose by
Charles Wesley namely ‘Jesu lover of my soul’ and ‘Thou who camest from above’
also enabled us to put us in our Lord’s hands.
This is the day that the Lord has made and I rejoice and am glad in it.