A little word
but now the Lord declares: “.. those who honour me I will honour, and those who despise me shall be treated with contempt.” 1 Sam 2.30 (NIV)
The readings for this week have now moved on to the arrival of Samuel. The longing of his mother Hannah; her joyous outpouring of praise; her giving back to God. But woven in to that story is why Samuel was so needed. Eli the old priest had turned a blind eye to the corruption and wicked behaviour of his sons. They were spiritual abusers. Jesus similarly spoke against and told parables to shame the religious hierarchy. Those held to be in a position of honour acted like they despised all that they were called to.
It seems a useful reminder. Institutions, not least the church, are examining themselves for both their current and past behaviour. In the same way we are being called to account for how we have treated those from ethnic minorities, we could also ask ourselves searching questions in regard to gender, sexuality, disability and the poor. We have form! Sadly, much like the Pharisees, the church has neglected and rejected the very people they were called to raise up and have sought power and status and an easy life instead. May God have mercy on us.
It is thankfully never too late. We believe in confession, forgiveness, restoration and healing. Emboldened by the Spirit we can work through some of this uncomfortable legacy and build a better future which is truly based on Kingdom values.
New for this week
If you’d like to join us on Sunday morning, here is a reminder of the link. The link is the same every week.
Meeting ID: 303 159 289 Password: 597076
Alternatively, for audio only, you can phone in to this number: 0131 460 1196, and follow the instructions.
We start to gather online from 10.00, our service starts properly at 10.30.
This week’s reading is Matthew 13. 24-30 & 36-43
Resources for families
Sara is away from Sunday until 1/8. For pastoral concerns contact Pip.
Things to pray for
Give thanks for the grace of God, working in and through us
Schools as they finish – for safe and happy holidays for staff and pupils
Wisdom for world leaders amongst growing international tensions
Earlier week’s news
Previous editions of this news update are on the website if you can’t find it in your in-box.