Lent 17

Lent 17

Exploration

About relationships (with God and with each other)

Personal Reflections

IntroductionPosted by Brian McGinnis Sun, March 05, 2017 20:53:55

The York Course is accompanied by a CD/Transcript featuring the Rt Rev Nick Baines, Margaret Sentamu (MS), Rev Ken Howcroft (KH) (Methodist), Theodora Hawksley (TH) (Roman Catholic), and Canon Simon Stanley (SS) as interviewer. Here are some comments from the panel which may ring bells with you:

SESSION ONE: RECEIVING CHRIST AS CHILDREN OF GOD

MS: In God's economy there's no such thing as "little me". We are all very valuable to God.

KH: It is possible for God to pay attention to everyone simultaneously all the time.

NB: God is closer to us than anything else.

TH: St John speaks of the power to become children of God. This power is not like holding a sword, but like holding a baby.

SESSION TWO: RECEIVING CHRIST IN THE STRANGER AND THE NEEDY

In response to the question of how to respond to a beggar, all the panel members said something on the lines of: Sometimes with money, Always with respect, Often with challenging the things and policies that cause poverty. TH tells the story of a walking pilgrimage in Spain, when in a mountain village, unable to buy bread, she had to beg for it, A lady invited her in, and gave her coffee, bread and blackberries. The two women exchanged names. Theodora means gift of God. Socorra means Help.

SESION THREE: RECEIVING CHRIST IN HOLY COMMUNION

NB: What I appreciate about the Eucharist is that we get to re-tell the story of who we are, as Christians, as a Church.

KH: The Communion Service embodies the Gospel.

MS: We cannot limit the way God speaks to His people. [In Margaret's Ugandan village they only had a priest once a month.]

TH: The whole story of Jesus is of God coming to meet the world before it's ready/

SESSION FOUR: RECEIVING CHRIST THROUGH PRAYER AND FELLOWSHIP

NB: Conversion is both an event and a process.

KH: Repentance and conversion are about turning round, and letting God look you in the eye.

NB: When we are praying we need to be asking how far we can be the answer to our prayers.

TH: Prayer and Fellowship involve listening out.

SESSION FIVE: CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY

KH: Nurturing allows people to choose.

NB: There is no neutral space. We need to bring up our children to ask the right questions.

NB: I was asked on Radio what I thought would happen when I die. My answer was "I don't care". [If we know Jesus, we really don't need to vex ourselves with speculating on the resurrection detail.]

TH: Christ was and is our hope of Glory.



Receiving because we are Given

Receive Christ As ChildrenPosted by Brian McGinnis Sat, March 04, 2017 20:55:46

Receiving Christ is a better way of putting it than Encountering Christ - inasmuch as encountering could imply both accident and, perhaps, that Christ is as surprised to meet us as we are to meet Him. Christ is putting Himself "in our way". That is what the Incarnation means. Here is a selection of Course questions for you to think about:

1. What are the best things in life {and are they free?) ?

2. A Jehovah's Witness would say that God must always be addressed as Jehohah (translated, according to the Chief Rabbii, as "I AM WHO I WILL BE"). What Name or Title do you prefer?

3. How do you normally respond to a beggar (male or female)?

4. How do you respond to a "Big Issue" seller?

5. Would you copy the late St Georg's member who travelled to Croydon to look out for a "Big Issue" seller?

6. Try to picture a meal with a best friend, where the friend pours the tea; and says "This is my blood!"

7. What does receiving Communion mean to you?

8. Does your church welcome everyone, and make everyone feel welcome?

7. Does your church value everyone, and make everyone feel valued?

8. What part do you play in this?

9. St Paul speaks about being confident. Do you feel confident?

10. Has there been one (or more than one) magic moment in you =r Christian journey?

11. Any ambitions about freshening up how you receive Christ?



Receiving Christ

IntroductionPosted by Brian McGinnis Sat, March 04, 2017 20:25:51

The York course is rich in quotations which reflect the experience of others, in ways that may describe our own experience. Here is a selection: one from each of the five sessions.

1) The Queen: I have been very grateful to you [us] for your prayers, and to God for His steadfast love. I have indeed seen his faithfulness. I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian Gospel

2) Kate Gross: Compassion has to be practised.. maybe a bit like yoga, but without the heavy breathing...igf it is to become a habit.

3) Queen Elizabeth First: Trust God the word that spake it. He took the Bread and brake it, And what the word did make it, That I believe and take it.

4) George Bernard Shaw: I believe in the discipline of silence, and can speak for ever about it.

5) Pope John XXIII (on his approaching death): Don't be too worried. My bags are packed, and I'm ready to go home.