THE CENTRE CHAPLAIN’S CORNER – May
As I write May’s Chaplain’s Corner Easter has not yet taken place but it will have been and gone when you read this month’s article. It is not easy writing about the previous month when we are barely in the middle of that month but I will try and share past and future news.
On Good Friday The Churches together March will take place through the town, finishing with a service at St Martin’s Church, followed by coffee and hot cross buns at The Christian Centre. We pray that people who do not normally attend church will come to this special service. We also pray that the weather will be dry and warm!
On Saturday the 20th April there will a Table Top Sale at the Christian Centre and on Sunday the 21st April the Sunday 4pm Service will be joining the St Martin’s Church for a joint Family Service at 10am. We trust and pray that these events will have gone well but above all that people will have responded to the Gospel.
I as Centre Chaplain have had the privilege of facilitating one of the Lent Courses where the Churches Together in Dorking have been studying the same sessions based on a book written by Pope Francis. This book is entitled ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ and Paula Gooder has designed six study sessions, the titles of which are as follows:-
† Session 1 - Joy and the Gospel
† Session 2 - Going Forth
† Session 3 - Say Yes and Saying No
† Session 4 - Proclaiming the Gospel
† Session 5 - Making the Kingdom present in our world
† Session 6 - Being filled by the Spirit
These sessions have been extremely challenging and I have been very grateful the way people have contributed to the discussions. A regular nine or ten people have attended each of these six sessions. Across Dorking town there have been approximately ten groups meeting, all with about ten people in each group so that means nearly one hundred Christians in the town have been undertaking Paula Gooder’s study sessions at the same time. It is really exciting and I hope there will be feedback from each of the groups, perhaps at the next Churches’ Together United Service at the end of June.
So how can we as individuals express the Joy of the Gospel to the people we meet in our daily lives. Let me take the word ‘GOSPEL’.
G - To be godly people, ‘giving’ people and always seeking God’s
guidance for their lives
O - To obey God – Trust and Obey for there’s no other way
S - To be saved. Salvation is found in no-one else for there is no other name (i.e. Jesus) under heaven given to men by which we
must be saved (Acts 4 v 12)
P - To be prayerful. Be joyous always. Pray continually ….
E - To be an encourager. Let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10 v 25b)
L - To be loving. This is my command – love one another
(John 15 v 17)
Love is patient, kind, does not delight in evil; it protects, always
trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Faith, hope and love
but the greatest of these three is love.
(based on 1 Corinthians 13)
- To be a light for the Gospel ….. Let your light shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven
The last Lent study session talks about being ‘Spirit-Filled Evangelizers’ and Being Filled by the Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us the courage to proclaim the gospel.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me; melt me, mold me, fill and use me.
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me. All his wonderful passion and purity. Oh, Thou Spirit divine, All my nature refine Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.
The 30th May is Ascension Day this year. When Jesus was talking to his disciples and others in His Resurrection life he said that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. After he said this he was taken up before their very eyes and a cloud hid him from their sight. Then two men in white asked these men of Galilee why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven (base on Acts 1 v 10-11)
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with trumpet call of God and the dead in Christ will rise first (1 Thessalonians 4 v 16).
Let us by faith joyously live out The Gospel so that others can enter the Kingdom of God. As aforesaid be joyful always; pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1Thessalonians 5 v 16-18).
One day we will see Jesus as He really is and that is going to be The Day! There will be a new heaven and a new earth. He will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will no more death, or mourning, or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away (based on Revelation 21 v 1 and 4).
What an amazing prospect (!) and this is what the Joy of the Gospel is all about.
Dates for the May diary:-
04 May - Plant Sale, Books, CD’s and Bric Brac (Christian Centre)
14 May - Women’s Fellowship – ‘Call the Midwife’ (Chaplain’s [Rowan] midwifery stories)
God bless each one of you this month and may you experience the love of Jesus and His care as you live out your daily lives.
Rowan Nunnerley (Centre Chaplain)
Contact details: 01306 886830 or 07706 041339