Review of the year
In our final 0930live! of the year, we revisited some of the themes we have looked at since September. As we planned this last service, we reflected that we had concentrated on aspects of God’s character before Christmas, then looked at Jesus’ characteristics up to Easter. Finally, we considered how it was the power of the Holy Spirit that brought about the dramatic change in Peter.
In a previous service, we had used the imagery of the Olympic rings to remind us that we are all joined to one another. A Venn diagram (cruel so soon after GCSEs) showing God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit interlocking, with us in the middle,emphasised that whilst we are all connected, we rely on the Trinity to sustain us.
Our challenge to ourselves before our long summer break was; in a world full of so many needs, what could we do over the holidays to make a difference? We used the Starfish story to illustrate the thought that we can make a difference to people in small ways.
A girl was walking along a beach throwing starfish that had been washed up by the tide back into the sea.
A man saw her and, laughing, asked her why she was bothering to do it as there were thousands and she couldn’t possibly throw them all back.
In response, the girl picked up one starfish and threw it into the water, saying that she had made a difference to that one. She continued to do this whilst he turned and walked away.
But instead of walking off, the man slowly turned, bent down and started to throw the starfish back into the sea.
Hopefully, we can all make a difference to someone through the next few weeks until we meet again in September.
Community and Schools Worker
Written by the Minister & Members