‘Perfect love casts out fear…’ This Sunday we’ll hear a reading familiar to many from the weddings they have been invited to – even their own wedding. However, when Paul wrote his great letter on Christian love (1 Corinthians 13) he certainly didn’t have ‘wedding bells’ in mind.
This love was, for Paul, at the heart of what he understood Jesus to be – the love made real in all that Christ did and the fearlessness which was the hallmark of all his relationships. It’s a love – the love – which can set us free from those tyrannies which result from the ‘fears’ we suffer from and too often results in our hiding in the shadows and dragging others into the darkness too….. something which Paul knew only too well.
In the Collect we celebrate the liberty we have in the glorious love of Christ as we pray:
God our creator,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all our people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
in the face of 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.
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Sarah Manouch will be preaching on “Love is Patient”. At West Wittering (10.00am) George Talbot will be preaching on “The Three P’s – Prophecy, Prayer, Patience” and Sarah Manouch’s theme at Itchenor (11.00) will be “Patience is a Virtue”.
For those of you wishing to join Evensong at West Wittering Susan Monks will be preaching on “The Pelican & Paris, self-sacrifice freely given”.
Trusting to the love that casts out fear we can pray with renewed confidence for those who have asked for our prayers…
Maurice Stokes, Michael Terry, Josie, Georgina, Ros & Brian O’Brien and Peter Russell
and those who have recently died and their loved ones.
Alice Doreen Hadley, Beryl Guard, Gary West and Frank Berry.
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.