Dear Minster and Friends,
“I have come so that they may have life and life to the full…” John 10:10
After a game of squash, I was either commiserating a loss or celebrating a victory in the bar, and I was brought into a conversation about my faith. It is an opportunity I am always grateful for and as we talked, the question “where do our lives draw meaning from?” arose.
The sources listed were widespread; family, friends and a good glass of wine and a life well lived were the source of meaning for some, others said they generate their purpose in life without the need for any deity or philosophy, and it is only the weak that need a higher power.
As we talked, I found myself struggling to disagree with some of these points. There is an attractive prospect of generating one’s meaning and purpose, and indeed, my family and community make me very happy. But then the question arose “do you cease to have meaning in life if you are not satisfied? What about suffering?”
In my experience as a pastor, it is always when we suffer or experience loss that people question meaning in life.
Tim Keller comments “The problem is that contemporary people think life is all about finding happiness. We decide what conditions will make us happy, and then we work to bring those conditions about. To live for pleasure means that you are trying to get something out of life. But when suffering comes along, it takes the conditions for happiness away, and so suffering destroys all your reason to keep living.”
The beautiful truth of Christianity is that meaning is given to you freely. It is personal and found in a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. When Jesus tells the disciples that He has come so they may have life and life to the full, He allows them to know the wonders of a life full of meaning, irrespective of what life throws at them.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we gather together and celebrate the life given to us in Jesus Christ.
With much love,
News & Events
9th September – Move Up Sunday
We really want to thank those that have very kindly donated money for us to purchase Bibles for the children and youth, we have currently received just over half of the amount needed! We would really love to be able to gift all of our children and youth with a brand new Bible this Sunday. Each Bible costs roughly £12 so please do consider sponsoring a Bible or two – by either putting it in an envelope during the Sunday offering and writing ‘Bible’ on the envelope or making an online donation with the ref BIBLE. Details about giving can be found here https://theminster.org/give/
13th September – 15th September – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
A few people from our congregation are taking part in a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Art4Every1 Centre in High Wycombe. If you’d like to book tickets go to http://www.arts4every1.com/
28th September – Encounter Prayer and Healing
7:30pm – 9pm in the Barns.
A day set aside to encounter God through prayer and fasting with an opportunity to come and worship and ask for healing prayer in the evening.
Contact Steph, Jane or the office if you’d like healing prayer but can’t make it in the evening. You can also fill in a prayer request card and pop it in the box on the welcome table if you’d like prayer for healing.
29th September – Community Day
10am – 3pm
We are planning to have a day for us to come together as a community to winter-proof the tent, ready for the colder months. We would really appreciate people coming to help, but we will need people with strength. Lunch will be provided. Please put your name down on the sign up sheet on the welcome table or speak to Jane. We need a minimum of 10 people. If childcare is needed speak to Jane.
30th September – Vision Sunday
During the service we will be sharing the vision of Latimer Minster in our story so far and plans for the future. We will also have time after the service for Q&A.