Chapter 170 [Day 343]: Wednesday 24 February
WE ARE FAMILY
Good morning everyone
Many of you will know Iris Smith who, when she lived on Walmley Road, regularly came to the Chapel on Sunday mornings and always sat with her friend, Marilyn. Iris moved away from Sutton in 2017 but still keeps in touch and receives these emails. Last weekend Iris forwarded me the following video which had encouraged and blessed her, so she wanted to share it.
The video features a song by Dolly Parton – ‘When it’s family’.
Click on the link to watch the video >>> https://youtu.be/YBDXbohsv30
‘Family’ is an institution designed by God for right from the Garden of Eden to enable us to live together. Human biological families are the natural form of family, children born of natural parents are intended to be brought up, trained and loved by those parents and to learn to live with their brothers and sisters in family love.
But as the Dolly Parton song reminds us, it often doesn’t work like that. Too often children fall out with siblings and with parents often over trivial matters and misunderstandings. Then parents falling out can have disastrous consequences on the children as we see so often in our world. Latest statistics show there are almost 3 million single parent families in UK, almost 15% of all UK families and the largest proportion in Europe. Next month we have the national census and those figures will certainly be updated later.
Beyond our human families, we are part of God’s family and the scriptures remind us that Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters because we have the same Father.
Hebrews 2:11 - Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So, Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
We value our position in God’s family through loving one another, sharing and supporting through grief and joy. A number of you watched Reg Gunnell’s funeral service on Monday morning - another evidence of our responding together as family. Over the years I’ve heard so often people at the Chapel saying to us all – ‘You are my family’.
And the family of believers extends beyond our local church community – we have brothers and sisters across the world from so many different backgrounds, languages and denominational traditions.
In 1974 I recall, having joined the Caravanners and Campers Christian Fellowship earlier in that year, we went with our motor caravan to Suffolk to spend a week with Christian families we did not know. To be honest, we were a little nervous about spending a whole week with a bunch of unknown Christians we had never met, so we skipped the first weekend and only joined them from the Monday. But within hours of arriving on site, we realised these people from many different parts of the country were our ‘family’ and I am still a member of CCCF to this day.
One of my recollections from that very first CCCF rally was a new song written by Jimmy & Carol Owens that I had never previously heard but brought back to Falcon Lodge and we have sung it on many occasions since.
You can singalong to this video version which contains the line ‘we are family, we are one’. >>> WE ARE HEIRS OF THE FATHER
Romans 8:16-17 - The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Thanks to each of you that cares about our Chapel family, especially for those who live alone or who haven’t been able to get out of the house for the past 12 months. God bless you all.
· David Green is recuperating at home following an emergency procedure last week to remove a gall stone.
· A reminder of the World Day of Prayer event on Friday 5 March at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Lichfield Road. Chris Brookes now has service booklets for anyone who is planning to watch online.
MAKE YOU SMILE:
A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.
Four worms were placed into four separate jars.
The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.
At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol - Dead
The second worm in cigarette smoke - Dead
Third worm in chocolate syrup - Dead
Fourth worm in the good soil - Alive.
So the Minister asked the congregation - What did you learn from this demonstration???
Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said,
'As long as you drink alcohol, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!'
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Got to go – Karen is threatening to give me a haircut in the back garden! Hope there will be less blood shed than when she was cutting her quilt squares a couple of weeks ago!
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