In every season of the soul

 

Dear Minster and friends,

This week the apples came early and the plums came late. At least they did at Stampwell farm. Unseasonal heat in June, and a slightly stormy few days has plumped up some of our old plums, and the historic varieties of apples are weighing down the branches about a month early. As my children picked them, throwing them down to one another from the overhanging branches, for a few moments we were not playing Marvel Contest of Champions or Minecraft (or whatever is the current favourite) but just doing what kids have done every summer for… forever. Letting our actions follow the seasons, not forcing the seasons to bend to our wills.

As people of faith and followers of Jesus we are always happier when we follow the contours of our natural spiritual and emotional lives, and allow them to be infused with the liberty and adventure of the Spirit of God.

However, the apostle Paul also told his apprentices to ‘preach the word in season and out of season’ ; the prophet Amos foresaw that one day the ploughman would overtake the reaper. That God can intervene and adjust the spiritual seasons so they don’t always follow the pattern we expect.

So are you ready for early fruit an unexpected harvest, or a late winter of the soul?  Will we let God shape us through the sunshine of his favour, the warmth of his love, and the watering of our lives through hardship and tears of downpours of his Presence?

May you know, may each of us, spend time to realise which season of the soul we may be living through- and find a way to praise. As the song goes:

Praise You in the morning, praise You in the evening
Praise You when I’m young and when I’m old
Praise You when I’m laughing, praise You with I’m grieving
Praise You ev’ry season of the soul

(Matt Redman – Let everything that Has breath- 1998)

With much love, as ever

Frog

 

 

PRAYER POINTS

  • Giving thanks for baby Joshua Joy, born recently to Dan and Heather.
  • Praying for Tash Edwards who is also due very soon.
  • Praying for Chris Lion, who will be starting as associate Minister this month, covering Tash during maternity leave. Chris has been curate at St James’ Gerrards Cross for the last four years. He and Charlotte, and their four wonderful children will be with us by the end of the month, but staying in their current home in Gerrards Cross, near the common.
  • Praying for all those on holiday at this time.
SUMMER BBQS
Join us after the service this Sunday (and every Sunday in August) for a BBQ hosted by various Minster Community groups!
 

 

NEWCOMERS LUNCH 
If you are new to the Minster, we would really encourage you to connect by coming to our Newcomers Lunch on Sunday 8th September. You will get to meet some of the team and other friendly people and hear a bit about who we are and what we’re up to.Email scarlett.sharp@theminster.org for details and to sign up.
 
HELPERS NEEDED FOR EVENTS
We are coming up to the season where we will be having our two biggest outreach events of the year…bonfire night and Christmas!
Being hospitable is obviously very important to the Church and to do this well we really need a lot of wonderful volunteers!
If anyone knows they would like to get involved with any of these events, or would actually like to take a bit of ownership in a particular area, please email contact.us@latimerminster.org