Here is a picture of a happy man!
Who is he? Well, this is Thibault, a 30 year old Frenchman and optician who was paralysed four years ago when he fell15m in an incident at a night club. Through the miracle that is modern medicine, he has now been able to move his four limbs by using a mind-controlled exoskeleton suit. (Check it out by following this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-49933333/mind-controlled-exoskeleton – it’s incroyable).
He had surgery to place two implants on the surface of the brain, covering the parts that control movement. He said taking his first steps in the suit felt like being the “first man on the Moon”.
That must feel amazing! I think his radiant smile captures that deep JOY and a true LIBERATION.
Thibault never lost faith that he would, somehow, be able to move again. Whilst he wants to keep his surname private, he also wants the world to know how this ground-breaking medical miracle has transformed his life and that, in time, it will do the same for countless others.
In today’s gospel we encounter the miracle of Christ’s liberating love for 10 lepers. However, only one was truly healed – the one who had a JOYFUL FAITH that he could return ‘praising God’!
What power there must be in a joyful faith….? Oh, for a faith that’s like walking on the moon!
Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; 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, Ellen Chapman, Kris Tippen, Robert Bowen-Colthurst,Tony Johnson and Gerard
And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
Joan Hamilton and David Blyth
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
At Birdham (9.30am) Sarah Manouch’s sermon theme will be “Unconditional thanks?” At West Wittering (9.00) the theme for Little Witterings will be “The Mustard Seed” and at 10.00 Susan Monks’ sermon theme will be “Joyful Faith!”. Itchenor (11.00) Sarah Manouch’s sermon theme will be “Healing is wholeness, wholeness is healing!”
Sadly we have to postpone the Wholeness and Healing service at 6.00 on Sunday at SJC. If you or someone close to you would like the ministry of healing please contact Jonathan, our Rector.
Sunday 13th October – Trinity 17
2 Timothy 2. 8-15; Luke 17. 11-19
Ephesians 4. 1-6; Luke 14. 1-11
Sunday 20th October – Trinity 18
Ps 121; Luke 18. 1-8
1 Corinthians 1. 4-8; Matthew 22. 34-end
Nehemiah 8. 9-end; John 16. 1-11