Hello again and here’s the Churchwarden’s Newsletter for October 2016 from St Peter’s Church Inskip. How time flies it only seems a short time ago since we compiled the last magazine. You will be pleased to learn that our Vicar Calvin is responding well to his treatment and hopefully will be able to return before long in the meantime please keep him in your prayers.
This month we celebrate St Luke (October 18th) with his focus on healing, as Luke was a doctor by profession. The healing of the paralytic man by Jesus (Luke 5: 17-26) gives us a couple of ‘breakthough’ principles of healing for our lives, remembering that the man was brought to Jesus through the roof!
The Principle of Faith: It was the adventurous and persistent faith of man’s four friends that brought him to Jesus to be healed. Jesus was the object of their faith, which trusted His ability and willingness to transform the man’s life. We are also called to such trust, exercising faith in a great God!
The Principle of Wholeness: Jesus’ first words are surprising, ‘Friend your sins are forgiven’ (20). Jesus’ challenge is that before anything else the man’s relationship with God must be right. God wants to bring wholeness to our lives, including spiritual, emotional, relational, as well as physical healing. Often He wants to deal with sin, hurt, unforgiveness, guilt or fear before physical restoration.
‘Almighty God, you called Luke the physician, whose praise is in the gospel, to be an evangelist and physician of the soul: by the grace of the Spirit and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel, give your Church the same love and power to heal; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.’ (Collect, Common Worship).
Blessings from both Copp and Inskip Churchwardens
Churchwarden’s Newsletter St Peter’s Church Inskip