MORNING SERVICE FOR ALL MOTHERHOOD AND THANKING MOTHERS
ALL WARMLY WELCOME TO ATTEND
THE FACEBOOK LIVE SERVICE WITH REV. ANN BUSH,SUNDAY MAY 10TH AT 10:30AM
WE REMEMBER MOTHERS AT THE CENTRE OF OUR FAMILIES TODAY, THANKING GOD FOR EVERY ONE
PLEASE COME AND SHARE WORSHIP WITH US.
IF YOU CANNOT BE WITH US AT 10:30AM, CATCH UP WITH THE VIDEO SERVICE ON ST JOHN’S ANGLICAN PARISHFACEBOOK , LATER IN THE DAY.
LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING TOGETHER AGAIN,
LOVE IN CHRIST,
REV ANN BUSH
PRIEST IN CHARGE
Image cf. https://www.trinityfla.org/calendar/2020/5/4/happy-mothers-day
During this time of COVID19 shutdown we
are spending our time differently, as families. We have no option but to remain
at home and so our time together is more intimate because we cannot separate
out too far. So time is spent playing games, talking more around the table
about all imaginable subjects and topics maybe even religion?? In homes of
young children, mothers are front and centre, thinking up fun games, finding
dressing up clothes, baking etc alongside home schooling.
Close proximity is again being
experienced within family groups. Love is being redefined as we spend each
day relearning patience and grace with each other. Our human dance of love
centred upon mother’s figure, has a new tune, a new rhythm is developing. Today
we remember as we thank God for our mothers. The women who soothed us when we
were sick or hurt; patiently helping us grow into the wider world, to be
loving, caring, gentle and honest human beings.
My own mother died young and I was too
young to lose her. She was ripped from my life, leaving me shattered and broken
for a while. Grief became too familiar until with the help of loving family and
friends, I could make adjustments and found a new way of normal living.
Jesus message today is for all of us,
not only mothers. “Do not let your hearts be troubled! Trust only in God and
trust in me”. I slowly had to learn this truth, that however the circumstances
threaten us, trust in God and the Christ has the power to quiet troubled hearts
and souls and bring peace.
Jesus calls Himself The Way, The Truth
and the Life. In a way motherhood at its best is a pale reflection of
this- she teaches and guided her children towards the Godly Way, Truth and
Life. At best mothers sow the seeds for this in their children’s hearts.
Two of the disciples, Thomas and
Phillip, both asked Jesus to show them the Father as they struggled to
understand. Jesus response is” anyone who has seen me, has seen the Father”.
Jesus perfectly expresses the person of God in human form. This is why we call
the Gospels the Good News. This is why we should become familiar with them
and come to know the Son of God, who is in full harmony with the Father’s will.
Jesus then says “whatever you ask in my
name, shall be done”. Friends if you have yet to experience the Christian power
to do great things for God, then know that this power comes and is rooted in
prayer. When we pray intentionally to God through Jesus’ name, something
opens within us and we receive a sense of God’s will for us. It is never that
we perform miracles, but prayer allows Christ to work through us.
How then do we experience the presence
of Jesus Christ when we cannot see Him with our eyes. We can and do sense Him
in our hearts and souls as we love and obey Him. Jesus comes to us whenever and
wherever we are, calling us by name.
Mothers call their children by name and
they know her voice for it conveys her love and willingness to share in
their lives. So much more, God desires nothing more than we hear His voice and
live an abundant life. Not a life of peril, danger and pain, but a life without
fear, measured by endless Grace as you and God dance to the beat of His love.
God after all is the parent of humanity.
ROAD TO GOD IS REALLY MARKED BY ONE WAY SIGNS.
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