Dear Church member
Yesterday was St George's Day. As well as being the patron saint of England, George is also the patron saint of Ethiopia, Georgia, Malta and Gozo, along with numerous other states, regions, cities, universities, professions and organisations, including Scouting. Clearly popular, George is also described as a prophetic figure in Islamic sources.
The famous red cross on a white field attributed to George visually testifies to his Christian faith, for which he was martyred on 23rd April 303.
George was not prepared to deny his Lord even when persecuted, and though he was to pay the ultimate price for his faith, he was to gain the ultimate reward. As Jesus, the Good Shepherd, laid his life down for George, so George laid his life down for Jesus.
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven" (Matthew 10:32-33).
It is common for us to behave or speak in faithless ways. I am always encouraged, however, by the story of Peter, who though he denied his Lord three times on Good Friday, was forgiven and restored by Jesus following his resurrection. However low any us have sunk, however faithless we have been, we can still be forgiven and restored by our gracious Lord, when we take hold of the hand extended to us. We may not be a St George, but we can still know the joy of eternal life given freely as a gift to those who place their faith in Jesus.
Our online service this week is about Jesus the Good Shepherd and what it means for us to be his 'sheep' (people). Pebbles Family Service is on Zoom at 10.30am - link from Sarah. Our church Zoom prayer meeting is on Saturdays at 9.30am - further information here.
Our annual church meetings are coming up and will be on Zoom, with the option to dial in by telephone. The annual meetings are your chance to hear about, ask questions about and discuss any aspect of church life, and is when Churchwardens, Deanery Synod members and PCC members are elected. Meeting agenda and papers can be found here, or printed copies are available via the Church Office.
All Saints' - Thursday 29th April at 7.30pm
St Matthew's - Thursday 6th May at 7.30pm
Please contact the Church Office for Zoom meeting details.
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton