Reflection and Sunday Service 19 March

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                                                                    19 March 2017

                                a wee reflection on the week ...
 

                          go karts from the 1960s - homemade
                                                    
  bogies from the 1960s
 
 

The day someone stole our bogey was a tragedy for me and my brothers.  Some may have called theirs a cart or a buggy, but ours was made from old pram wheels and wood it was also fitted with a brake thanks to the ingenuity of one brother who, even at that stage, revealed his engineering skills. It was used continuously and even on one occasion to transport a piece of pipe to use as a chimney on our den at the bottom of the garden where we could light a fire to bake potatoes or cook rhubarb. I was only wee at the time, but remember it well.  But why do I recall the tragic day our bogey was pinched?

 

My father had arranged several events in Stewarton for Christian Aid week including a ‘Mile of Pennies’ which were placed along the pavement in front of the local shops, something you wouldn’t risk doing nowadays. He also organised a Film Night as a fund-raiser which we all attended.  I still remember the film as The Day they gave Babies Away -  that was cheery!  My brother made the mistake of parking the bogey outside the town hall while we watched the movie, and when it was over we discovered the bogey had been pinched.  The Mile of Pennies remained but our mode of transport home had disappeared. We will forgive him the day he repents of his actions.

 

What saddens me as I remember that evening over half a century ago, is that we are still raising funds because people continue to go hungry due to famine, conflict, and injustice.  In those days it was Biafra in the forefront of the news, years later it was Ethiopia that resulted in Live Aid, and today it is still Ethiopia along with neighbouring regions in South Sudan, Somalia and Kenya.  A stolen bogey is one thing, but it may reveal the selfishness and greed which, on a larger scale results in starvation, poverty and injustice causing death of individuals, communities and hope among so many.  Soon Comic Relief will raise the profile again of world poverty, but do we need to wait until there is a reunion of the original Love Actually cast before we show compassion?

 

“I have come that you might have life, life in all its fullness”, said Jesus.  I am sure he intended those words for everyone, and not just those who can afford a bogey.
 

                               
                                                                         
Christian Aid

                               

 

                               this sunday’s service:

                                                 3rd Sunday in Lent
 

Readings for the Week  Psalm 84 & Matthew 13. 31-33 & 44-49

 

During worship the reading is announced then all will sing

 

Hymn 783         Lord, you are so precious to me, Lord you are so precious to me,

and I love you, yes I love you, because you first loved me.

 

Matthew 13:31-33

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

31 Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man takes a mustard seed and sows it in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows up, it is the biggest of all plants. It becomes a tree, so that birds come and make their nests in its branches.”

 

Lord, you are so precious to me …

 

The Parable of the Yeast

33 Jesus told them still another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A woman takes some yeast and mixes it with a bushel of flour until the whole batch of dough rises.”

 

Lord, you are so precious to me …

 

Matthew 13:44-49

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

44 “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man happens to find a treasure hidden in a field. He covers it up again, and is so happy that he goes and sells everything he has, and then goes back and buys that field.

 

Lord, you are so precious to me …

 

The Parable of the Pearl

45 “Also, the Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man is looking for fine pearls, 46 and when he finds one that is unusually fine, he goes and sells everything he has, and buys that pearl.

 

Lord, you are so precious to me …

 

The Parable of the Net

47 “Also, the Kingdom of heaven is like this. Some fishermen throw their net out in the lake and catch all kinds of fish. 48 When the net is full, they pull it to shore and sit down to divide the fish: the good ones go into the buckets, the worthless ones are thrown away. 49 It will be like this at the end of the age: the angels will go out and gather up the evil people from among the good

 

Lord, you are so precious to me …

 

                                

 

 

                                           COMMENTS ON GOSPEL READING

Parables are often stories which take time to tell, building up anticipation, raising questions as they unfold, bringing in different characters and emotions.  However, here are a series of one-liner parables, perhaps told on different occasions but brought together here by Matthew.  These seemingly off-the-cuff comments on life raise a mood of eagerness and delight as they speak of the nature of the kingdom not as a remote, pompous event, but something you can experience everywhere, all around us, in events that may seem humdrum and commonplace.  But Jesus asks us to look more closely, to see behind, beneath, and within the things we may quickly pass by because they are so ordinary and everyday.  Yet, when we look, focus our eyes, open our hearts, we discover something of great, eternal value.  These are not really off-the-cuff comments, but insightful, perceptive, and precious one-liners.

 

 

                                                                a prayer

by St Anselm of Canterbury

(A monk who became Archbishop of Canterbury: 1033-1109)

 

Teach me to seek you,

and reveal yourself to me as I seek;

for unless you instruct me

I cannot seek you,

and unless you reveal yourself

I cannot find you.

 

Let me seek you in desiring you;

let me desire you in seeking you.

Let me find you in loving you;

let me love you in finding you.

 

 

           


             
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