Sabbatical time

2018 is my sabbatical year and I wanted to share some thoughts of what this might mean to the parish and people. The word sabbatical comes from the Greek word sabatikos, which means “of the Sabbath,” the day of rest that happens every seventh day. There is a sense here about recreation, having time to watch, wait and wonder. Sabbatical has biblical roots, enmeshed in the narrative of God and his people. Continue reading “Sabbatical time”

A meditation on Sunday’s Collect

“Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new; transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory.”  (Collect for 2nd Sunday of Epiphany)

The Collect is the special prayer for each celebration of God’s people.  These prayers are carefully crafted taking into account the interpretation of biblical texts and the liturgical season. The Collect is raising our awareness – a very good theme in this season of Epiphany. The prayer is raising awareness of a less than perfect world – and in so doing – recognises that we, as Christians, are looking for something more: the transformation of our lives by God’s grace.  We are looking for something more.

Epiphany is the time and season when we seek out the Christ who asks us simply, ‘what do you want to do with your life?’  Do we want to accept the pain, injustice and oppression which is so very real and present in this world? Or do we want to turn things around – transform this poverty into riches?  This is the test.  How much do we want to be used by God to renew lives and make known God’s glory?  Experiencing the pain of hurt and evil is but the first step.  Jesus then says, walk on, talk with me, come and see how I will make all things new.

The Collect for this Sunday may well help us to navigate through this epiphany – that the world which we have equal responsibility for is a world which is fraught with danger. God calls Jesus into a relationship with his creation.  He ushers his son into the place of vocation where the world’s greatest need and God’s strongest desire meet.  This need and desire wipes away the tears and contains the fear and protects us against the evil which we encounter.  The imperfection of this world is given a new meaning that love can triumph, that life can beat death, that our deserts may blossom and grow.

“Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new; transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory.”

Sunday services: 8am Holy Eucharist; 10am Parish Eucharist (with children’s church); 6.30pm Taizé Prayer.

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