Sunday 24 January
Prayers today are for the church in context.
An area in the Anglican Communion place outside the circle (and a possibility of fixing the date of Easter.)
One particular area of the church has worked on their own time, and a little quicker than others, on something objectionable to another part of the church. The result? That part of the church has been barred from functioning within the communion, as opposed to recognition of the different context and the validity of such contexts, in context as it were. I cannot see that this is of benefit to anyone.
Billy Connolly wrote:
“Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares?…..he’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes.”
Another boxed ticked!
Prayer is needed indeed!
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Saturday 23 January
We met with a group of elders from the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, who have a held fortnight festival at Huddersfield Parish Church during the last three summers.
One of the discussion was based around conflicting expectations as two very different cultures and branches of Christianity met. The basis of the meeting was that there had been friction generated by sheer numbers of people worshipping and residing in one medium sized West Yorkshire church.
The resolution will be met through conversation and understanding each other’s context – with no small amount of give and take.
Friday 22 January
How would the new fourteen unit rule speak to the ‘Wine at Cana’ incident’? The word bounty would be replaced with the accusation of binging and some serious questions ask about such gluttonous and dangerous behaviour.
Context has something to say.
Celebration and bounty seated in the New Testament context. What was expected, what was needed and the shame avoided for the wedding couple and family.
A different time, a different place, a different situation and different set of people and the ‘glory’ outcome would have been the same, the belief in Jesus would have been the same.
The context would have different!
Thursaday 21 January
Jesus at the ‘Cana’ incident, acted in the moment and specifically to the problem in front of him, and so ‘revealed his glory’. There is something wholly appropriate to the moment and the people involved.
It grates with me when the moment and the person and kingdom hits against the rule and the rule takes precedence.
Jesus creates wine not a buffet, he uses the people and objects at hand and his grace is revealed.
Go, do likewise. Deliver God grace in context.