Pentecost Sunday 4 June 2017

PENTECOST Sunday 4 June 2017 -Vicar’s Reflection

“A champion team will always beat a team of champions”. No one knows who first said this but it was first printed in an Australian newspaper in 1911. I heard it said again in relation to the coming tests between the All Blacks and the Lions. You choose which way it applies to the teams. The saying suggests that no matter how individually brilliant the team members may be, if they don’t work well together as a team they are vulnerable to failure. There is lesson for the Church in this, but what does working well together as a team mean? St Paul understood: “There are different kinds of gifts … of service … of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work…. to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Cor 12). We celebrate the birthday of the Church this Pentecost Sunday. The church is a unique team gathered together by God through Jesus the Son of God and endowed with gifts from the Spirit of God to enable the team to express the presence of God for the common good. Being in God’s team is not however the same as having God on our side. God’s team must not only believe in Jesus we also obey his command to love and forgive. And sometimes the hardest one to forgive is God. Alex Czerwonka

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