Sunday 31st August saw another of our united Team Services when we all gather in one of our 9 churches, this time St Anne's, Oxenhall.
Our guest preacher was the Rev'd Dr Sandra Millar who lives in Gloucester but is the national Church of England 'Projects and Development Officer'. (Return to top)
The Old Testament reading was from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah and Sandra said the word 'ate' had stood out when she considered what she would say. Jeremiah is only one of three people in the Bible who were said to have literally eaten the 'Word of God' because he ate a scroll. She developed this into an amusing sermon with a serious message, pointing out that 500,000 people nationally pass through our churches every week for a Wedding, Christening or Funeral service. Even in our local church situation there's on average 50 Weddings, Christenings and Funerals each year with an average attendance of 40-80. That means at least 2,000 people pass through the church in our own benefice. (Return to top)
It's wrong to say they only come as an excuse for a party (what's wrong with a party, Jesus enjoyed them?) or to 'get the baby done' - it represents an wonderful opportunity for us to 'feed' the visitors by showing how our faith answers the two most important questions national research has shown they ask: What's the point of life? and How do we prepare for death? (Return to top)