Tim Erridge Bleadon ChurchReflections - Rector's Letter

The Tenth Sunday after Trinity

Today we reflect on the 75th VJ anniversary celebrations that have gone on this week especially during this time when people cannot easily meet together.

Morning Prayer

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+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening sentences
One thing I have asked of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life;
to behold the beauty of the Lord
and to seek Him in His temple.

Who is it that you seek?
~ We seek the Lord our God.
~ Do you seek Him with all your heart?
~ Amen. Lord, have mercy.
~ Do you seek Him with all your soul?
~  Amen. Lord, have mercy.
~ Do you seek Him with all your mind?
~ Amen. Lord, have mercy.
~  Do you seek Him with all your strength?
~  Amen. Christ, have mercy.

Declaration of faith
To whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life,
and we have believed and have come to know
that You are the Holy One of God.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ,
King of endless glory.

Today’s Scripture Reading

Psalm 133 How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life for evermore.

Proverbs 4:20-22 My child, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.

2 Corinthians 4:10-11  always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh.

Today thinking about VJ day's 75th anniversary we hold the concept of unity with fragility in our hearts and minds. Unity can be an uncomfortable word at times. To be in unity with God is not something many aspire to. They are much too happy living in unity with friends, with relationships and with material possessions. Unity comes at a price.

Unity is not something we, as humans, do well. We fight over the limited resources we have, we argue with our closest friends and neighbours over how to live well in the status quo, often I see generations argue over why the status quo must be, just that, the status quo.

Unity then comes at a price. For Aaron it was to live in servitude as God's priest, yet even that was a struggle for Aaron at times. In Proverbs it is to listen and heed the warnings of our elders. However, it seems that neither the young nor the old really like to listen at times, too many of us love the sounds of our own voices.

Then everything changes...

God steps into our world.

He comes in perfect submission, like a lamb to the sacrifice.

He comes and listens. He blesses those who mourn, those who weep, those who are humble.

...it is here, in His body we find unity. Carrying the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ within us until our final days. It is within this miracle that we find unity. Unity in a shared ministry. Unity in a shared hope. Unity under God.

Take time now to pray for each other, your communities and yourself.

Canticle
Christ, as a light
illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield
overshadow me.
Christ under me;
Christ over me;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light;
Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.

Blessing
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Rev. Patrick Webb

Curate Bleadon and Bournville