Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Welcome to worship as we observe the Second Sunday in Lent.
There wouldn’t be a week or even a day go by when some event or events that are reported in the media are profoundly disturbing. I would want to add to that list the panic buying on at the moment due to peoples fears around COVID-19.
The other evening I had to do a little shopping for the misses (no not Allison. She’s the Mrs), but for things we didn’t get when we went shopping. Amongst the list we needed some milk powder (which we use every now and again), SR Flour and cat food (none of which go together). Needless to say at the supermarket there was no flour, no milk powder and hardly any cat food. Just as well we didn’t need toilet paper, rice or pasta (as these were out at the time as well). It looked a little like a store in the 1980’s East Germany, many shelves were pretty bear!
I haven’t yet fully fathomed the need behind this continued panic buying, which contrary to statements made by political and community leaders continues unabated. Have a percentage of people in our community lost all faith and trust in others and rely only on their own understanding of the situation.
The same perhaps can be said about faith in God through Jesus Christ. Perhaps as a people we are forgetting that God’s abundant love is a gift for all of us, even when we don’t deserve it. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes. Whilst it may be hard sometimes for human beings to forgive, God still shows grace and mercy.
Whilst it is important to prepare ourselves for challenging times, there comes a point where we need place more faith and trust in others and especially in God.
Journey well this week.
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.