“Life in all its fullness” – Vicar’s comment

Our memory verses for the summer are taken from Psalm 139.

In the opening verse of that Psalm David says ‘O LORD, you have searched me and you know me’ (NIV), before going into further detail about how God knows him inside-out.

However, at the end of the Psalm David asks God to ‘See if there is any offensive way in me,’ (verse 24, NIV).

So which is it? Does God know us completely already or do we have to invite Him in to discover what’s going on deep inside us?? Well, of course, God does know us totally.

And therefore David asking God to search him surely has to do with David’s desire for self-knowledge – that God would show David the things that need to change.

Hopefully this summer offers opportunity for some rest and reflection, and I hope you will take some time both to ponder God’s love for you in Christ as well as invite Him to show you the things about yourself He wants to change.

Not so that you might despair, but so that going forward you might experience more of the life in all its fullness which Jesus spoke of.

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Summer 2019 Newsletter

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Thy Kingdom Come – Vicar’s Comment

The beginning of June is when most of the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative falls this year.

As Christians we all know prayer is a good thing, we all know it’s something we should be doing, and yet I think there’s something mysterious about it which perhaps we don’t often think about.

You see if God is an all-powerful God, as we believe, then why does He want us to ask Him to accomplish things, why doesn’t He just accomplish them anyhow??

After all, Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 6:8 that ‘your Father knows what you need before you ask Him’ (NIV).

At one level, the answer is simply that God has asked us to pray for things and therefore that’s why we do it… we do it in obedience to Him even if we don’t fully understand.

But more than that, surely it is to increase our dependence upon Him, to acknowledge before Him that on our own we can do literally nothing for Christ’s Kingdom….and of course to deepen our relationship with Him.

For Christians do not pray to a God who is distant or disinterested, but One whose children address Him as ‘Abba, Father,’ (as we see in our Memory verse this month. Galatians 4:6 NIV.)

Yours in Jesus
Chris

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June 2019 Newsletter

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Celebrate the ‘old story’ – Comment by Chris Collins

There’s an old hymn that begins ‘Tell me the old, old story, Of unseen things above, Of Jesus and His glory, Of Jesus and His love’.

At Eastertime the ‘old, old story’ is re-told at churches around the world, as the accounts of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection are shared once more, and Christians celebrate Jesus winning redemption for us through all He did.

It all happened nearly 2,000 years ago and so it certainly is old, and yet even in 2019AD this ‘old, old story’ remains the message that can save.

Perhaps the modern world feels like a confusing place where you feel you can barely keep up, but at heart the needs are the same – the need for forgiveness, adoption, reconciliation and new life from God.

So don’t be afraid to share the ‘old, old story’ – it is as relevant as it ever was.

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4: ‘what I received I passed on to you as of first import ance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures….’ (NIV).

This Eastertime and always, celebrate the ‘old, old story’.

Yours in Jesus
Chris Collins

(Katherine Hanky wrote the lyrics in 1866, George Washington Doane wrote the music.)

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May 2019 Newsletter

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Vicar’s Comment – What’s your debt to God?

Our Lent devotional groups are based on the parables of Jesus, with a focus on parables which are perhaps lesser known or less readily recalled by Christians.

One of these was the so-called parable of the unmerciful servant in Matthew chapter 18.

Jesus uses this parable to show how the forgiveness God gives to people is incomparably greater than whatever forgiveness they might be asked to give to someone else.

In the parable a man owes his master 10,000 talents… a figure which doesn’t mean much to us today, but when converted into our money is at least ¬£3 billion.

In the story this enormous amount represents what we owe God because of our sin.

And yet…through the death of Jesus he wipes out the debt completely!!

In the letter to the Ephesians Paul says ‘In Him we have redemption through his blood, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us’. (1:7, NIV).

This Easter, spend time thinking about just how big a debt every person owes to our perfectly holy God, and just how huge his love for human beings is in offering to wipe that debt out completely through the cross.

Yours in Jesus Christ
Chris Collins

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April 2019 Newsletter

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March 2019 Newsletter

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Run with discipleship – Vicar’s comment Feb 2019

At a recent meeting with the bishop of Leicester Martyn Snow, church representatives were encouraged to think about ‘discipleship’.

It’s a word we don’t use much in normal life, if ever, but it’s a regular go-to word in the gospels – the first followers of Jesus (and that’s more than the 12) are often called ‘disciples’.

This word is perhaps difficult to translate but I think the combination ‘learner-follower’ is good. And that means obedience to the teaching of the Lord Jesus……but more than that it means committing ourselves to Him personally, wherever He leads us, because He is alive today.

In Matthew 28:19 (commonly known as the ‘great commission’) Jesus’ early followers are told to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (NIV). That’s the language Jesus uses about anyone who will put their faith in Him, wherever they are in the world – they will be disciples…..learner- followers of Jesus.

The question for us is whether we will take hold of that title and run with it this 2019 and beyond.

Yours in Christ
Rev Chris Collins

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