JULY, 2013 Sermon in CR church. TRINITY 7. PROPER 10. TRACK 2. (John Keble 1866)
Deut 30:9-14 (2) Ps 25:1-10 (3) Gal 1:1-14 (4) Luke 10:25-37.
the first brethren came here, we are told they were mostly Christian Socialists,
who were sure society needed to be changed. At that time the Duchess of
Devonshire gave a fancy dress ball in celebration of Queen
was the year our infant community decided to move from the leafy environs of
have been a bit naïve to think the preaching of CR brethren could make a
difference but it was the skill they had and their presence the offering they
had to make. Today there’s not much demand for preaching or retreat
conducting. Instead, people seem to want to come to us, to be with us, in
the atmosphere created by regular worship. Not just the cultivated, polite,
well-groomed - even deferential - reteatants we’re used to, who treat us
with respect and love but the disturbed, the addicted, the desperate.
know they are our neighbours because we recognise their conditions in ourselves.
offering of our presence in this economically deprived post-industrial area is
the best we have to make.
love, joy, peace, the compassion, which are the gifts of the Holy Spirit,
the Spirit of thanksgiving, fill our hearts, we’ll be sustained in our pilgrim
community life – just like