English: Poppy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Spent part of last Wed. selling poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion, in Arnold (through my Rotary Club) and then spent this evening (as I always do) watching the closing ceremony of the Festival of Remembrance.
Later today (Sun.) I will lead three services and each will include the two-minute silence, even though two of the services will be afternoon and evening.
Why ? Because I believe that a nation who forgets returns to the same hatred and prejudice which causes war in the first place. Today I wear my poppy with pride because I don`t want to forget those who lost their lives in a succession of wars, and those who are even now engaged in fighting somewhere in the world;wearing the poppy isn`t about glorifying warfare as some have suggested, but it’s about thankfulness for the bravery of those who protect our country in the past, present and future.
And it’s about praying for a peaceful world where there will be no more bloodshed or tears, a world as intended by God when He first created it; a world redeemed by the sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ and a world given the ability to be a better place by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As a few of you will know Alison and I are curtailing this appointment for a whole variety of reasons; it is a GOOD circuit and we have enjoyed being a part of it but feel it is time to move on.
In the coming week we have an interview with another Circuit (confidential at the moment). Please hold us in prayer that Gods will may be discerned.
I came across this on Facebook this morning, but couldn’t forward it on. However I found it to be so true, so I share it on here.
If you are a Christian who takes offense at swear words or believes for some reason that clergy should never be cranky or irritated, then I am not the person for you to follow. It’s ok. You don’t actually need me. The entire publishing arm of the Christian Industrial Complex (I believe my friend Shane Claiborne coined that term) has a great deal of material that is just for you! Countless Christian websites and books and blogs are your brand of Christian. No need to leave me comments about how disappointed you are in my use of language because out there in cultural Christendom you will find niceness in abundance, super-duper positive thinking, and lots of inspiration with (best of all!) no swear words! The Christian world is your oyster.
You are not my audience.
But there are other folks out there who are comforted by ambiguity, who need a Word of grace which is not covered in strawberry syrup. Who need the stark truth of what it means to be broken and blessed at the same time. Who are at home in the Biblical story; stories of anti-heroes and people who don’t get it; beloved prostitutes and rough fishermen. They tend to not really care that I use colorful language. If anything, they are relieved that they don’t have to watch what they say around this particular member of the Christian clergy.
I’m not a role model. I’m not really that nice (but I hope that I am kind). I’m just trying to figure out what it looks like to confess the truth about being deeply faithful and deeply flawed at the same time – and how to have humility in all of it without being self-apologetic.
Because, I seriously love Jesus, but I DO swear a bit.
Loving the way the Methodist Church App. has been revamped, especially the Bible study section.
If you can’t get the app. it can still be found on the Methodist website under the praise and worship section.
Today’s reading of Genesis and it’s subsequent article by Rev John Ogden is quite thought provoking.
Try it out for yourselves