Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Welcome to worship as we observe the First Sunday in Lent. I came across a phrase this week, which one could turn into a saying: ‘Worship is the way to live.’
In worship we raise our hearts and minds to God, to believe and to have hope. To share in good things that happen both now and each and every day. It can even be part of helping us endure the difficult and troublesome times of life. Everything we see, touch, or hear can be beautiful and good as we see it as a sign of something greater; recognising that all good things come from God and if used well will bring us home to God. For example whilst no-one could consider the current Coronavirus a good thing; the responses of health services and all who provide care illustrate the goodness in humanity to reach out and to care for others. It can provide opportunity for so many people to show concern and compassion. One could say the same for the human response to all who suffered in the bushfire crisis. There has been an outpouring of generosity.
It comes down to what we value. Worship and the way we live gives all an opportunity to live life well and in a holistic way.
May Jesus be with us as we share our worship and live our lives by faith in him.
Rev Cannon Ian Howarth is the Rector of the Anglican Parish of St Paul's Kyneton and St John's Malmsbury and is the team leader of the Central Highlands Cluster.