This is how the great painter Rembrandt saw the moment when Simeon ‘saw’ the Christ-child (Luke 2. 22-40). Strange then that we see the old man’s eyes so wrinkled with age. It must have been a real struggle to open them and behold Jesus.
Today brings to an end a season of celebrations as we moved from Christmas and the incarnation into Epiphany and the revelation of who Christ is.
Has it been a time when we have seen afresh who Jesus is for us and how we share the Good News with others as we encourage them to see their life in the light of His life? Have our eyes been opened?
Now we are moving quickly into a season of searching self-awareness as we begin Lent with Ash Wednesday on February 10th and the opportunity – should we choose to take it – to keep our eyes open as we walk with Jesus on the way to the cross and see with Him and in Him the power of that love which overcomes all that denies fullness life. It is this love which we will celebrate on Easter Day.
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Joyce Henson’s sermon will be “Come to St James and hear the story of a rolling coin, a baby and a candle”. At West Wittering (10.00am) Bruce Holben’s sermon theme will be “The quickest way from A-B is a straight line. True or false?” and Susan Monks’ theme at Itchenor (9.00) will be “Floating prayers & floating candles”
For those of you wishing to join Evensong at West Wittering Ben Harvey’s theme will be “Forgiveness and The Lord’s Prayer” .
In loving awareness of the needs of others and trusting to the healing love of God in Christ we continue to pray for:
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, Frank Berry, Eric Pritchard and Albert Slaughter.
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.