Today’s Gospel tells the story of water being changed into wine – the very best wine (John 2.1-11). This transformation isn’t just spiritual – it is also physical. Walking the way of Jesus is to walk the way of life and that life is good news for those who are in any kind of need or poverty. Our personal transformation must lead to their transformation.
In the season of ‘Epiphany’ the Gospel writers paint a picture showing who Jesus is believed to be. In a sense the ‘Epiphany’ leads on from the story we told at Christmas…. ‘and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among’. This ‘Word’ is life transforming. When we open our hearts and minds to Jesus things will change – and so in the Collect we pray:
Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
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.
At the main service at Birdham (9.30) Susan Monks’ talk will be “Half empty or full to the brim”. The theme for Songs of Praise at Itchenor (11.00) with Eric Eyre will be “The story behind the Hymn” with the sermon on “Transforming Grace”. Ben Harvey’s talk during the Parish Eucharist at West Wittering (10.00) will be “Wise men. Wine. And The Word”.
For those of you wishing to join Evensong at West Wittering Michael Chater will be taking the service.
Bringing about that transformation begins and ends in faithful prayer. Please continue to hold in your prayers:
Maurice Stokes, Michael Terry, Josie, Georgina, Ros & Brian O’Brien and Doreen Hadley
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon. If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.