Prayer and message from the Rector 14th August 2022
O Lord, give us a vision of the world as you would have it be, A world where no one is hungry or thirsty. Where the gifts of creation are shared and all people are valued. A world where there is justice, peace and love. A world where nations live in peace and harmony. Lord give us the courage and ability to build your world. In Jesus name. AMEN
I can’t remember a time when we have not had a war somewhere. I remember the Vietnam war, the Falklands, the Gulf wars, Afghanistan and so on. Then we have this scripture where Jesus tells us that he did not come to bring peace but division. He talks about his baptism and bringing fire. Fire is of course a symbol of the presence of the Holy Spirit, think of the burning bush or the tongues of fire above the heads of the disciples in the upper room. When Christ rose into heaven to be with the Father he sent the Holy Spirit to be with us. We like to think of the Dove, that symbol of peace, as the symbol of the Holy Spirit but there is the energy and cleansing power of fire also as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is with us now and when we allow the Spirit to work in us it often brings us into conflict with those who do not understand and prefer the will of man to the will of God. When we are baptised we enter into the Baptism of Jesus Christ and through that cleansing into the presence of God. Where Christ walks, we follow, for we are his people but he warns us in our gospel reading for today that the path is not always an easy one. Blessings Richard
This week’s diary:
Monday 15 August Mothers Union Outing-meet at St Matthews 10am
Monday 15 August Royal British Legion VJ Day service 11am at the War Memorial,
Skegness Gather from 10.45am
Tuesday 16 August 10am-12 noon St Matthew’s Church will be open for Private Prayer
Tuesday 16 August 10.30am, join us at St Matthew’s Church or virtually on our church facebook page for our discussion and prayer meeting. Please send in any questions.
Tuesday 16 August 1.30pm-3.30pm Mix and Make craft group at St Clement Community Hall
Wednesday 17 August 10am-12noon- Pop- in at St Matthew.
Come in for coffee or tea and cake
Friday 19 August 3pm Holy Matrimony: Andrew Taylor and Kaitlyn Daines
Saturday 20 August 10am-1pm Coffee Morning at St Matthew
St Matthew is open for Sunday Services each week
St Peter and Paul Ingoldmells and St Nicholas Addlethorpe have monthly services
St Clement and St Mary continue to remain closed at present.
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