Pastor's Blog 

Welcome to our blog.  Each week (give or take) we will publish a blog, which will also feature in the church's "weekly news".

Floods, climate change and our response

We have been seeing over the last week pictures of floods in the village of Fishlake near Doncaster. The latest in a series of floods over recent years, our hearts go out to those affected. 

They don’t stand alone – Venice has reported a high tide where the waters have risen to the highest level for more than 50 years.  Famous landmarks have been flooded and St Mark’s Basilica was flooded for only the sixth time in 1200 years.  It has been reported that four of those floods have been in the last 20 years.

The Yorkshire floods have prompted discussion on flood defences – the subject of climate change maybe less prominent – but it sits there as backdrop: a warming world means air carries more moisture, which can result in heavier rain.  The problem in Venice has immediately prompted comments on climate change as a reason.

So what?  How does that affect us – other than we may know people directly affected and/or sympathise from a distance?

The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. We are stewards of the land and environment just as we are stewards of all that we have been given: time, money, talents and so on.  The land is ours to use, but to respect and use wisely.

We are called to care, to play our part and be responsible for our own actions. Stewards of all we are given: it’s all God’s really. Let’s be wise, let’s do our bit with what we have and pray for those affected.


Together we grow

Together.  God made us to work together, to grow together, to be His people – together.

As we have talked about frontlines, we have acknowledged that all of us, whoever we are, can serve God wherever we are.  Our lives, however ordinary, can be places that bring glory to God as we represent Him in the circumstances and relationships that form our lives.

So we have emphasised that we can serve Him when we are apart as well as when we are church together.  But the “church together” bit is still important.  We need to support each other and understand that church is where we can be refreshed, equipped, maybe where we are challenged and where we can share a common goal.  We can remind ourselves, and we can remind each other that we are not alone.

“let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

It’s a good message for Remembrance – we remind ourselves today of others who fought and died not for themselves but for their comrades, their families, for their countries and their shared purpose.

They died for us.  They might have died lonely deaths but they did it for a purpose beyond themselves. Today we will remember them, but hopefully be inspired that we, too, are part of something bigger.  Whatever our personal frontline, we’re there for a shared purpose.
God wants you to have a future. Maybe you should heed Him, more than you heed the past.


Letting go of the past…

…to make the most of your future.  A phrase we have used several times.  It bears repeating, because we keep on letting our past have too much impact on the future.

The past can teach us, guide us, influence us – but we often let it dictate us, direct us and hinder us.  Our past can be good, it can be bad and it could be ugly.  All of them can have too much impact on our future…

We look back at the “good times” and wish we were there, neglecting our future as we lament the passing of what were happier times.  Or we look back and see the bad stuff that has happened to us, maybe not through our own fault, and believe that we can never escape.  Sadly, there may be consequences to work through, but we shouldn’t think our future is forever set by these things.

Or we look back and realise that we simply got it wrong.  In biblical terms, we sinned, made bad choices and maybe even turned away from God. Our ugliness from the past makes us think that God will never look at us again.  He knows what has happened, but He loves us and is waiting to welcome us.  Think of the lost “prodigal” son: “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms round him and kissed him.”

God wants you to have a future. Maybe you should heed Him, more than you heed the past.