Bowthorpe Church – February 2020

Main Service — 10 : 30 am Sundays
For 6.30 Sunday evening programme see website or phone for details.
Short daily prayer Monday to Thursday 7.15am and 7pm. Fridays 5.30pm Taize style.
Wednesday 10 am Service of Holy Communion and Healing

You are loved

The author Henri Nouwen was asked to write a book about the spiritual life by his friend, Fred Bratman. Fred wanted something he and his friends could understand within their busy, energetic, New York life. At first Henri Nouwen
wondered what an earth he could say to Fred and his friends. After much thought, he turned to the baptism of Jesus. He wrote, ‘I have been wondering if there might be one word I would most want you to remember when you finished reading all I wish to say. It is the word “Beloved.” Being a Christian, I learned this word from the story of the baptism of Jesus of Nazareth.’

`When all the people were being baptised, Jesus was baptised too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”’ (Luke 3:21-22)

This word `beloved’ reveals the most intimate truth about all human beings. We are loved by God regardless of background, status, gender, intelligence, or religion. The trouble is we tend to refuse to believe that we are loved, and we listen to the seemingly more powerful voices that demand proof that we are worth something.

Some may ask, “If God loves me, why is life so difficult?” Being loved doesn’t mean we are immune to the troubles of the world. It means we have one who is with us through those troubles. Others ask themselves, “If people really knew me, would they still love me?” This is a question borne out of fear, but perfect love overcomes fear.

God’s word to his Son Jesus becomes a word to us – you are loved. In this month where we celebrate romantic love on St. Valentine’s Day, it is worth taking a moment each day to remember that you are loved. Life is a Godgiven opportunity to open ourselves to the One who calls us beloved.

Until next month, Rev. Mark Elvin

Change of time. for Taize Prayer.
It is now 5.30—6pm instead of 7pm.
Still on Fridays.

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