Yes, we’ve all said it! When something goes wrong or doesn’t happen the way it should – Why Me? When we’re asked to do something we don’t want to – Why Me?
Can you imagine the reaction of the bridegroom in this week’s Gospel, at the wedding in Cana – Why Me! Why did the wine have to run out at MY wedding! It didn’t happen to Abraham last week, why did it happen to me?
But when something goes right, when you get that promotion, when you receive an unexpected gift, when your boyfriend/girlfriend proposes, do you ever say – Why Me? Do we ever wonder why a GOOD thing happens in the same way we wonder why we were disappointed, or let down?
I wonder if the people of Corinth, those who Paul writes to about the gifts of the Spirit, I wonder if they ever asked – Why Me? Why did I get healing, I wanted wisdom! Why did I get miracles, I wanted Faith! Possibly they did, we humans are a fickle bunch and most of us are never really content with what we’ve got, but the people of Corinth got on with it! They had their gifts, and they used them!
I can imagine a light bulb moment happening to you now – ah, she’s going to talk about OUR gifts! Yes, I am! I am going to ask you to think about your gifts, of praying, of reading, of visiting, of listening, of baking! The gifts that mean a St James Centre got built, St Nicholas got a new roof, St P and P got a new vestry and a ‘de-cluttered’ church yard!
What are your gifts, what are your skills, what is your vocation, that you can offer to the church, the community, the world, in God’s name? No gift too small, no skill unwanted!
God’s answer to the question Why Me is equally simple, equally direct – Why Not You!
Collect for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Heavenly Father, you have called us in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ to continue his work of reconciliation and reveal you to the world: forgive us the sins which tear us apart; give us the courage to overcome our fears and to seek that unity which is your give and your will; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
We continue to pray for:
Clemmie, Michael Palmer, Guy Solan, Kris Tippen, Ellen Chapman, Chris Adams and Margaret Eyre
And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
Jay Ellison, Mary Hopkins, Rosemary Page, Neil Theobald and Harold Carver
If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
Should you wish to contact the Rector his mobile number is 07538 011579.
Services for this weekend
8.00 BCP Holy Communion at West Wittering and Itchenor
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Jonathan Swindells’ sermon theme will be “Not an Octopus”. At West Wittering (10.00) Sarah Manouch’s sermon theme will be ‘Dry January – Not in Cana’. At Itchenor (11.00) Jonathan Swindells’ sermon theme will be “Not an Octopus”.
Michael Chater’s sermon theme for Evensong at 6.00 at West Wittering will be ‘Making Choices’.
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon.
Sunday 20th January – WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
Third Sunday of Epiphany
Isaiah 62. 1-5; 1 Corinthians 12. 1-11; John 2. 1-11
Romans 12. 6-16a; John 2. 1-11
1 Samuel 3. 1-20; Ephesians 4. 1-16
Sunday 27th January
Commemoration of Conversion of Paul
Acts 9. 1-22; Galatians 1. 11-16a; Matthew 19. 27-end
Romans 12. 16b-end; Matthew 8. 1-13
Numbers 9. 15-end; 1 Corinthians 7. 17-24