Greetings from Whitby! I’m lying on my bed in Sneaton Castle, a priory with enough accommodation to host the Anglican Religious Communities annual gathering. Not a terribly significant gathering you may say but on the other hand, the Archbishop of Canterbury delayed the start of his annual retreat to deliver the keynote address on the first evening.
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What a joy to be able to celebrate with Charlotte and Adrian this morning, giving thanks for Ruby Stone and welcoming her into the family here at ECB. Praise God for his faithfulness and protection over her life so far, and for the beautiful, smiling baby we see today!
Today we welcome you to our Church service and to the APCM where we will be presented with the Annual report and Financial Statements for 2014. We have an opportunity to look at the various ministries/teams that contribute to the day to day, week by week running of our Church - the physical aspects as well as the spiritual.
This morning, John Bentley preaches on Christ’s appearing to the disciples on the Road to Emmaus. This Gospel story is a powerful witness to Christ’s resurrection life.
With Christ, we have access in a one-to-one relationship, for, as in the Old Testament, it was more one of worship and awe, a vertical relationship. The New Testament, on the other hand, we look across at a Jesus who looks familiar, horizontal. The combination is what makes the Cross.
Over the past few weeks I have been reflecting on the great diversity within God’s creation. When we look at a wonderful garden we see a unified picture of beauty. Yet that unity is created from the coming together of a wide range of plants and colour. It is sustained by diverse biological processes, the activity of insects/ birds/ animals and humans.