2nd Sunday of Easter / 8th April 2018
The shared life of the early Christians is described rather idealistically in our reading from Acts 4:32-35. It probably truly reflects the fervour and passionate intensity of the early church, enabling it to spread all over the world in the first few centuries. Their fervent love and commitment to the teachings of Jesus, whose resurrection was fresh in their memory, transformed society and continues today. All movements over time change. We may not have the same passionate intensity of the early Christians, but there is no less a commitment to Jesus’ message. We give expression to that in different ways today but they just as important. Two weeks ago we held our AGM. This annual review of our life as a community of faith reflects this commitment. Thanks to those who came; to those who prepared reports and read them; those elected to vestry; to those who serve in our areas of ministry such as the Drop In, St Francis Centre, Growing Through Grief, the Shop, leading worship, caring for the ‘fabric’ of the church, and those who contribute financially. We are doing just what those first Christians did, sharing our personal resources to enable the mission of the Church. At our AGM I issued a challenge for us to continue our current level of giving but with ‘+4’ that is the cost of a cup of coffee per week. If we all shared this little extra, it would have a remarkable effect and enable us to do even more as we serve God through the church.