In the 3rd chapter of the 1st letter of St John we read some of the most beautiful language of the Christian Tradition.
The concern of the Evangelist John in his writings is for the love of Christ to be manifest within the life of the early church because already there was division and disunity within the church. Precise dating is not possible but the consensus among scholars is that John was writing his epistles, his letters probably around the year 80 CE, so some 50 years after the crucifixion of Christ.
Sadly this reality of division and actions of Christians that betray the love of god revealed through our Lord Jesus Christ continues throughout our history and is present with us today in the life of the church throughout the world.
"God is love" declares the Evangelist John in another of his epistles and "to live in love is to live in God and is for God to live in us."
Let us love God and those whom he has given us and our neighbours, for this is how our faith should be seen, felt and put in action by us his children.
What we need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things. Mother Teresa once said It is not how much you do, but how much Love you put into the doing that matters.
Our prayers are with the people of Nepal in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake
Prayers for the Nepal earthquake (Christian Aid)
Loving God, We pray for the people of Nepal, devastated by an earthquake At this time, we know you are present among the suffering May your comfort be known by those in that darkest valley
We pray that help will reach all those who need it, And lift to you Christian Aid's partners in Nepal, As they seek to swiftly respond to those in need
In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Congratulations to our newest members of the Church universal
At St Matthias Scott and Claire had their beautiful daughter Grace baptised,
at St John's Dwaine and Geraldine had their little boy Zachai baptised see below"
Fr John holding a bottle of Venezuelan Diplomatico a very unexpected gift !!
blessing to one and all