Today we started our service by observing the two minutes silence and remembering those who have perished in conflict. This included remembering the men from Spurgeon’s and St Frideswide’s who died in the First World War. Their names are inscribed on the memorial plaque, located on the wall near the lectern, below the old organ loft.
Sadly, wars continue and technology brings into our homes the horror of what is happening around the world today and we feel helpless. This week’s blog from Messy Church Ministry Lead, Aike Kennett-Brown begins with:
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
Love your enemies, do good to them and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High.Luke 6:35 (NIV)
Aike visited the Holy Lands in July and she reflects on the changes that have happened since then. You can read her complete post here.
The ending is particularly thought-provoking, and provokes us to reflect on how we may play a role in helping to bring peace into situations of conflict today:
As we look on and feel helpless about world situations, maybe take a moment to reflect on your own sphere of influence…
I wonder…? Where did you bring peace today? Where did you find peace today? What might you do differently tomorrow?”Aike Kennett-Brown (Messy Church Ministry Lead)
May we pray to God that we might bring His peace into our own spheres of influence this week.