Matthew 16: 26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
Anthony De Mello asks us to consider the difference in satisfaction between doing something that makes us feel good, and something which gives us kudos in the eyes of the world.
One of the pitfalls of ministry can be forgetting that we are serving God, and thinking that we make things happen, that we are achieving things. The times that I find I get most stressed are just those times – the times when I forget that it is God who is transforming the parish, that it is God who gives the growth.
I know this – I have been around the loop often enough to know this, and yet there are still times when I find myself falling into the same trap.
Alan and I are going to read meditations during Advent from the book “The Way to Love” by Anthony de Mello during Advent and blog about them here. If anyone else would like to do the same then you will be able to add your thoughts to ours in the comments.
This is what it says on the back of the book:
The Way To Love contains the final flowering of Anthony de Mello’s thought, and in it he grapples with the ultimate question of love. In thirty-one meditations, he implores his readers with his usual pithiness to break through illusion, the great obstacle to love. “Love springs from awareness,” de Mello insists, saying that it is only when we see others as they are that we can begin to really love. But not only must we seek to see others with clarity, we must examine ourselves without misconception. The task, however, is not easy. “The most painful act,” de Mello says, “is the act of seeing. But in that act of seeing that love is born.” Anthony De Mello was the director of the Sadhana Institute of Pastoral Counseling in Poona, India, and authored several books. The Way To Love is his last.
Thank you Barry for a lovely concert on Friday evening.
Barry arranged everything from the tickets, to the refreshments and introduced all the items. He played lots of different organ music, which we do not hear on Sundays! And must have practised for hours! He played the tenor recorder, he arranged practises for everyone at times to suit them and accompanied many different items on the piano.
There were also recorder duets, a flute solo, vocal and instrumental duets and trios in a variety of musical styles. Barry organised a choir made up of lots of his friends. The Parish Family band played and there was lots of audience participation, and hearty singing from everyone.
SO ANOTHER BIG “THANK YOU “ TO BARRY FOR A LOVELY MUSICAL EVENING.
He also raised £500 for church funds.
Thank-you too to Georgie Fry for such beautiful photographs of the event!
The members of the congregations of St George’s, St Mark’s and St John’s would like to wish everyone in the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale a very happy Christmas…. and so we decided to give everyone a Christmas Card. The photocopier is busy working flat out to produce a massive 5600 Christmas Cards! Soon the members of the congregations are going to deliver them to the 13 000 or so people in the Parish.
This year there is a new congregation – it is called Messy Church, and so there is also a Messy Christmas on Thursday 11th December at 3:30pm at St Mark’s Church, Alma Lane, GU9 0LT. Messy Church is designed for people who aren’t used to traditional church or don’t find traditional church very helpful… it explores bible stories by the use of crafts, a story and a song and then we eat a meal together. Why not give it a try?
Here are the rest of the Christmas Services to put in your diaries:
St George’s (Badshot Lea)
21st Dec at 11:30am – Family Praise Carol Service
21st Dec at 6pm – All Age Carol Service
24th Dec at 3pm – Crib Service for Toddlers
24th Dec at 5.30pm – Crib Service for all
24th Dec at 11:30pm – Midnight Mass
25th Dec at 10:00am – Family Communion
St Mark’s (Upper Hale)
11th Dec at 3:30pm – Messy Christmas involving crafts and food!
15th Dec at 6pm – Informal Carols by Candlelight
24th Dec at 5pm – Crib Service (come dressed as your favourite nativity character)
25th Dec at 11am – Informal Communion
St John’s (Hale)
14th Dec at 4pm – Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight
24th Dec at 3pm – Crib Service (come dressed as your favourite nativity character)
24th Dec at 11:30pm – Midnight Mass with Incense
25th Dec at 8am – Holy Communion (traditional)
25th Dec at 9:30am – Sung Eucharist