Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile

The church does not live in exile in a strange and hostile land. The church lives and breathes to give thanks to God for the divine love which is for all people, whether or not they feel the need to give thanks themselves, whether or not they feel the need even occasionally to go to church to do it. Jeremiah speaks to us when he writes to those in Babylon: settle down, join in the life of the world, put down roots, make your place and your home with those by whom God has surrounded you. Work for their welfare, not just your own; give thanks for their blessings, not just your own; think of healing as communal, not only individual. You are all in this together, because God has put you here together. So don’t think of yourselves as ‘different’ or ‘special’ or ‘especially loved’; praise the God who loves you all, cares for you all, and the one who works through you for the welfare of all the city, so that through you the city of God may yet be built and revealed in all God’s glory. … More Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile

We have done only what we ought to have done!

Our biblical readings may not have obvious harvest references in them, but we can have a look; we can look for clues about how we approach and understand harvests. Look first at the reading from Lamentations; look there, and you find the talk is of patience – of waiting for the Lord to produce the harvest. It is therefore about trust. Harvests are all about trust. Producing a harvest involves work and skill and dedication – but above all it needs patience and trust. You need to wait, and let the harvest grow – dig, pick, crop too early, and all will be lost. In other words, if you run out of trust and start poking around, there will be no harvest at all. … More We have done only what we ought to have done!

Sunday 24.01.2016

Sermon by the Reverend Dr. David Sinclair Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body —Jews or Greeks, slaves or free.   So we … More Sunday 24.01.2016