Holy Trinity Huddersfield, Sunday 21 February 1016
40 blogs of Lent, day 11
Last week I blogged about the service and concentrated on the visit of missionary Ruth Donaldson. I neglected to mention the sensitive way vicar Mike had treated the sad news of the passing, after years of cancer treatment, of a dear friend, Matthew. The funeral is next Friday. I apologise for the omission.
What was significant about church today?
Well I was involved, playing percussion in the worship band, so it is hard not to be biased, but here goes:
A number of years ago someone had a vision of our church on fire, with fire coming from the windows. The then vicar Jim Dearden, is his usual wise way of looking at things asked, “Was it consumed?”
A wise question.
In the book of Exodus God appeared to Moses in a burning bush. The bush was on fire but not consumed. Fire is a sign of God present in his glory. This paragraph is my musing on something mentioned at the start of the service and not elaborated on during the service.
But although the story of the vision was a memory of Dick, leading the service, from what someone had said to him earlier that day. but it was not unconnected with the rest of the service. The reading spoke of the Gospel coming with a demonstration of power. The presence and power of God looked like it was becoming a theme.
Chris Bomford also spoke of the power of God:
The cross is the heart of the Gospel. The world thinks it is foolish, but it is the power of God to those who believe.
The heart of the Gospel is love and God’s love is powerful.
If you only take anything away, take this, God greatly loves you.
Other points were:
We are unrighteous have been given the righteousness of God.
Jesus shows us the true heart of God
God has provided his forgiveness.
Then at the end of the service, Dick again speaking of another word from the Spirit from a few years back, about being lukewarm (from Revelation chapter 3) . The story does not end there, all of the messages in Revelation 2 and 3 finish with a promise to those who overcome.
I have not done justice to the sermon here, these are just a few notes I jotted down. It isn’t even the main thrust of the sermon. What I have tried to do here is show how diverse things in the service can work together under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit speaks to us individually. The message taken home can be different to different people. This is simply my take. It does not sound very coherent what I have written, but something may come of it later. If that is significant, I’ll blog.
Notes were taken on a tablet computer. I like using that, as looking out the preacher cannot tell if I am listening to the sermon or playing Angry Birds. I love the ambiguity.