Minister’s Message 16 January 2022

16 Jan 2022

Dear Friends,
As we seek to work out what it means for us to 'sing a new song to the Lord' and in particular what it might look like for us to be disciples of Jesus in these tumultuous times both as individuals and as a congregation, we come to look this Sunday at the theme of forgiveness and the possibility of a new start.

In the past week there have been several very high profile examples of people having the finger pointed at them for wrongdoing and many of us will have been part of conversations discussing the rights and wrongs of those cases. The court of public opinion is notoriously unforgiving.

But what if it were you or me standing accused and what if it were not only in the public spotlight but in the perfect light of God's presence? The psalmist writes: “If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?” (Psalm 130:3) and when Peter was first called to follow Jesus, his response was, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man.” (Luke 5:8)

Some of us are quick to brush our faults under the carpet while some of us live with the burden of past misdemeanours but the Gospel offers us a new start, neither dismissing the seriousness of our sins nor leaving us crushed but inviting us to acknowledge our faults and taking us to the Cross where grace and mercy meet. In the Apostles' Creed we proclaim: “I believe in the forgiveness of sins.” What does that mean for us as we seek to live out our lives? Please take a few moments to read and reflect on 1 John 1:5 to 2:2 which will be our focus this Sunday.

With all prayerful good wishes,

Alan 

Rev. A.D. Reid