by Steve Wilcox - May 2021
The second phase of the re-ordering of the St Peter's building is underway. Please watch this video to get an idea of the exciting changes that are being made.
If you would like to give to the ministry of the Anlaby Churches, there are a variety of ways in which you can do so. Many people give by standing order; others choose to give each Sunday by Gift aid envelope (although until we are meeting physically this has been difficult). We are now launching an online giving facility which you can access here: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/anlabychurches/
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Thank you to all who give so generously to the ongoing ministry of St Peter's and St Mark's!
If you would like to find out more about the Christian discipline and privilege of giving, you might like to listen to the sermon series on Giving, 14th-28th June 2020, which can be found here.
by Steve Wilcox
Jesus has been invited to dine at the house of a Pharisee named Simon. As he reclines at the table, a woman comes in to the room and stands behind him. We're told that she “was a sinner in the town” - though we're given no more detail than that. She begins to cry – floods of tears, as she is overwhelmed with emotion at the gratitude she feels towards Jesus. Her tears fall on his feet, so she loosens her hair and wipes his feet with her hair before anointing them with perfume.
Jesus's host is not impressed – he cannot get beyond the fact that this woman is a sinner and Jesus shouldn't be relating to her. So Jesus tells him a story.
“Two people owed money to a certain money-lender. One owed him five hundred denarii (two years' wages today); the other fifty (two months wages today). Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave them both.” (Luke 7:42). It's easy to miss how remarkable this is. When was the last time you heard of a high street bank, let alone a loan shark, willingly and voluntarily cancelling a person's debts? And Jesus is using this as a picture of God's generosity towards sinners like you and me, in forgiving our sins.
Jesus goes on by showing that the woman's overflowing emotional response to Jesus is a result of her overflowing gratitude to him for the forgiveness she has found through him. (Luke 7:47).
We are left with a question, and a lesson. The question is – have we appreciated the forgiveness that is available to us in Jesus? Have we appreciated the depth of our sinfulness – the amount that we have been forgiven? Why not write down all the ways in which you have sinned “in thought, word and deed” over the past day – week – year – 20 years – and then give thanks that through trusting in Jesus it is all forgiven.
The lesson is – as we reflect on how much we've been forgiven by our generous God, we cannot help but respond to him (like the woman) with overflowing gratitude, love, and service. How will you respond?