Q. What’s worse than not getting a Valentine’s card?
A. Getting two!
A good, but rather naughty, golfing buddy of mine always sent Jane a Valentine’s Card – one which left very little to the imagination. I can still see Jane’s face as she opened it for the first time…
Valentine’s Day, falling as it does on a Sunday this year, offers lots of opportunity to reflect on what is at the very heart of our faith – love:
‘God is love and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.’
‘This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life’.
From ‘The Message’ John 3.16
As we conclude our reflections on ‘nurture’ as a foundational characteristic of being the church, we can’t but affirm the God of love who shows us the fullness of his love in Christ Jesus. You – we – are loved!
The picture above echoes that sentiment. However, there is another way to reflect on God’s love for us and what it might mean:
Ash Wednesday is next week. There will be a recorded Ash Wednesday service available to view from Wednesday morning. It’s theme will be the God who, in Christ, risks everything so that we might be set free to enjoy the glorious liberty of the children of God (Romans 8.210).
From Ash Wednesday ‘till Mothering Sunday, we will be exploring what it means for our faith and to our life together as a church, to know that we have been set free.
Throughout Lent, we also have the opportunity to refresh our prayer life as, together, Harbour Churches follows the prayer course based on Pete Greig’s book “How to Pray – A Simple Guide for Normal People”. Do contact Revd Anthony for more details – it’s never too late and there’s always space!
Revd Anthony Goddard email@example.com or mobile 07485 663914
Links to services this week:
Please be aware that services will be recorded with a view to publishing via Youtube, Facebook and our newsletter. By joining the service you agree to participating in this recording. With this in mind you might prefer to join as audio only.