Nick’s Notes July 2015

Greetings all,

As this year’s Church text says with the italics mine personalising the verses,

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement continue to give us a spirit of unity among ourselves as we follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth we may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”   Amen Romans 15 v 5 and 6

In his Lambeth Lecture from Lambeth Palace on Wednesday 4th March this year the Archbishop of Canterbury began with these words:

“I want to start by saying just two simple sentences about the church. First, the church exists to worship God in Jesus Christ. Second the Church exists to make new disciples of Jesus Christ. Everything else is decoration. Some of it may be very necessary, useful, or wonderful decoration – but it’s decoration.”

This takes some thinking about and taking in. It shouldn’t surprise us that Justin Welby says this, he’s a disciple of Jesus as well as an Archbishop, and we’d all agree these two points of his I believe. He’s not saying that institutional things such as Synodical Government (Laity and Clergy), Committees for many and   numerous things, including PCCs, with their agendas and minutes etc. are unimportant. Each church – whatever name they go by e.g. C of E or Church in the Peak etc. – needs these things it seems. The Archbishop is simply prioritising worshipping God in Jesus Himself and making disciples of Jesus Christ. And what a priority! They are indispensable whereas structures etc. are when it comes down to it.           

At both church PCCs early July we’ll have Agendas to follow and Minutes to pass. Let’s divide our Agendas into two, ‘wonderful decorations’ and ‘the Church   existing to worship God in Jesus Christ and making disciples of Jesus Christ.’                                                                                                      

I’ve spent some time reading the whole of the Lambeth Lecture, in my prayer times and taking it on my ‘walk abouts.’ Please consider spending time similarly.    

We’ll put paper copies in the letter racks for those not on email. Mike (Pilling), Sheila, David and I met as the Standing Committee (John Ramage is on holiday) and I’ve reflected on the depth of our conversation, the grappling with priorities, talking about buildings and money, being open and honesty with each other. Very important issue for the running of Holy Trinity and the furtherance of the Kingdom of God. We’ll do the same at St. Mary’s Standing Committee and at both forthcoming PCC Meetings. Yet they are ‘wonderful decorations’ compared to ‘Jesus and making disciples of Jesus Christ.’

Stunning? Profound yet simple. It puts church life into perspective. It reminds me of a song Val and I heard many, many moons ago, in fact it was BC (Before Children) when we were on holiday in Somerset and visited Chard Christian fellowship.

Another version

However ‘twee’ the words touch my heart as I consider how much He loves me and how weak the love of this poor heart is for Him.

Here’s a version of the lyrics for I KEEP FALLING IN LOVE WITH HIM, words are by Lanny Wolfe, written around 1975.

I keep falling in love with Him
Over and over and over and over again
I keep falling in love with Him
Over and over and over and over again

Refrain
He gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by
Oh what a love between my Lord and I
I keep falling in love with Him
Over and over and, over and over again

He keeps blessing me over and
Over and over and over and over again
He keeps blessing me over and
Over and over and over and over again

He keeps cleansing me over and
Over and over and over and over again
He keeps cleansing me over and
Over and over and over and over again  

See Revelation chapter 2 v 4, ‘Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.’

and chapter 2 v 19 ‘I know your deeds, your love and faith.’

The July and August Rotas are out, thank you Lindsay for your admin skills.     On 5th and 13thJuly at both churches the theme is Grace using 2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9 for preaching. These are ‘classic’ passages on giving, however the emphasis is going to be on God and His grace rather than our response, important as our response is of course. From 19thJuly to 5th September the Theme will be ‘Luke Street.’ I’ll give you some information about this nearer the time, however it’s about ‘the church existing to worship God in Jesus Christ and the Church existing to make new disciples of Jesus Christ.’

Holy Trinity’s 2014 Quinquennial (Five yearly) Report repairs is addressed in a separate article in the Gift Day envelope provided at the back of the church with a pledge form. Our thanks to Bob, John, Peter (Shaw) and Mike (Pilling) for their work on behalf of the PCC and the church with this report and to David as Treasurer for his recent sermon and work on giving. We are having a Gift Day to pay for the repairs on Sunday 12th July. Many of us need time to save in order to make a gift so though we are having a Gift Day money may also be given in the months after this date.

The joint PCC s Half Day at Holy Trinity went very well, beginning with breakfast then watching a DVD about being disciples, followed by discussion and prayer. Notes will be provided for all when they are ready.

The next Church Prayer Meetings are 7.30pm in Trinity Hall on Tuesday 14th July and 7.30pm at St. Mary’s Wednesday 12th August. No evening Home Groups on these weeks please.

Please give thanks and pray for Cromford and Holy Trinity School Leavers. Their Leaver’s Services are Thursday 23rd July at 9.15am at Cromford School and at 2pm for Holy Trinity in the church.

Cromford Leavers: Sean Bryne, Sophie Chatfield, Thomas Greenhough, Frank Hall, Tad Kopjas, Joseph Shardlow, Matthew Thompson and Felicity Wilding

From Holy Trinity: Alex Brown, Thomas Cutts-McKay, Natalie Knowles, Cassidy Lloyd, Emily Lockwood and Jack Spencer.

Soul Survivor Staffordshire is another cause for thanks and prayer. Soul Survivor is from Friday 24th July to Sunday 26th July. Jon (Cooper) will be there for three days, with Birgit with Merrick and possibly Daniel Freeman on Monday 27th July using day tickets. Sue or Milena may be going on Tuesday 28th July again on day tickets. More importantly the young people going are: Sam Hollands, Sophie Hutson, Jess Freeman, Jess Hall and Charlotte Haworth, with a young man from Swanwick called McCauley.

 Praise in the Park organised by Matlock Churches Together is on Saturday 4th July, our thanks to John (Philips) for leading the music though struggling with illness. Thanks and prayers for this event of course please.

John 15 v 9

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love”.

With love in the Lord,         Nick