News from the Vicarage - April 2016
- Published on Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00
Called to be Fools! April Fool's Day is the traditional way to begin this month!
April Fool's Day is the traditional way to begin this month! In medieval times the fool (or jester) was not just there for amusement. He had an influential role in the court, because he could speak the truth in ways others couldn't. As Christians we are also called to be fools; Paul described himself as a 'fool for Christ' (1 Corinthians 4:10). In what ways is this an appropriate description of a Christian? In his letter Paul expands on this theme.
= a foolish message: 'For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.' (1 Cor 1:18). The heart of the Gospel does not focus on clever ideas, but on the Cross of Jesus Christ. This message of foolishness and weakness is both God's wisdom and power for our lives!
= a foolish community: 'But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.' (1:27). The church in Corinth consisted of slaves, rather than the rich and successful. God calls the weak and vulnerable to follow Him, in order to shame those who think they don't need God.
= a foolish ministry:
'My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God's power.' (2:4,5). Paul's ministry didn't rest on human wisdom, but on the power of the Holy Spirit. For us, this power is often displayed when we are at our weakest!
'A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.'(William Shakespeare).
Our Annual Parochial church Meeting is on 12th April at 7.30pm. Everyone on our Electoral Roll is invited to attend, to choose our Church Wardens, to elect our PCC and sidesmen, to present the Accounts of the Church, The PCC Secretary and Church Wardens and to hear the workings of the PCC and Church over the last year. Please do come!
The Queen's 90th Birthday is on Thursday 21st April and to mark the occasion we have a Concert in church at 7.30pm.
My prayers and best wishes,
Fr. Philip Edge - Vicar