As you read this we shall be in Passiontide, and our minds will be firmly set on the Cross and our Lord’s Crucifixion. It is this single act which separates the God we Christian’s believe in from all other gods. Or God loved us so much that he was prepared to die the most cruel death on the cross for us – and in so doing tearing apart the totally united Trinity. For God the Son this was the most terrible price to pay to be totally separate from the Trinity within which he is one.
How do we show our appreciation for that act? Do we feel called to give sacrificially in return. To give back to God, what is after all his, after his after we have done all we want with it, or is God and his Church the first call on our time, gifts and money? In the Book of Deuteronomy God calls on the early Israelites to give the first fruits to him as an offering. The first of the harvest they pick, not the what is left over of the harvest after they have satisfied themselves.
As God was sacrificial, are we prepared to be sacrificial in return?
I want to take this opportunity – as we approach our Annual Vestry Meetings to say thank you to you all for all you do for the church in this place. Especially I want to thank the Wardens, PCC members and all who hold office so that the church may be properly administered. I encourage to attend your Vestry Meeting and be part of electing new officials and holding old officials to account.
May you have a blessed Holy Week & Easter