Just a few weeks ago we were able to reopen our church, and yesterday morning when I unlocked (a Monday morning) it was moving to find the candle stand full of used candles. At the foot of the stand against the wall was a card draw by a little child which had written on it, ‘We love you, Grandpa.’ I do not know the story behind this, but it is wonderful that people have returned to a beloved sacred space and are praying and finding sustenance within the walls of Holy Trinity.
So it will be up and down the land. Although we have seen a virtual collapse of adherence to denominational Christianity, there is still a deep-seated yearning for the ‘higher things.’ Our responsibility and privilege lead us to enable others to know Jesus and experience the fulness of life he offers to all people.
The juddering halt of ‘normality’ we experienced in March calls us to the realisation that we must re-evaluate much of what went before. Here are some questions which occur to me:
- How are we to make the relevance of Jesus known within our community?
- How are we to draw others into discipleship with a thirst for growing in Christ?
- How are we to sustain the vital presence of the Body of Christ within Cuckfield and beyond?
You may have other questions you can add. How do we respond? It seems to me that this is achieved by allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our personal and corporate lives as a community. 1 Peter 2:9 captures our imagination thus: You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
This does not mean that we are better than other people. Rather, we are blessed by the knowledge of Christ travelling with us every step of our journey, urging us to interact with the world. Through his presence within our lives, we are called to be Spirit-filled servants of God; challenging injustice of any kind, speaking out against wrongdoing, and above all drawing others to his marvellous light through displaying the same self-giving love that Jesus does for us.