Education Sunday

Yesterday’s sermon – 5 February 2012

…just in time!

Yesterday’s sermon was part of our special service for Education Sunday (as mentioned on this blog previously).  The passage was Mark 1: 29-39, which covers Jesus’ healing of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law and His decision to spread His message through the other villages in the area.

We focussed on the latter part of this.  It followed a testimony from a teacher from our local infant school who had come to this service.  She shared what teaching meant to her, what a privilege it was and some of the ups and downs, highs and lows of teaching.

I tried to tie the sermon in with that.  I took the idea of Jesus’ mission being the thing that drove Him on, rather than the popularity He was experiencing in Capernaum; this mission, I suggested, was bringing the good news of the coming of God’s Kingdom.  And it was this I likened to what was shared about the job of teaching: how, like a good teacher builds relationships with pupils and parents, God works in our lives by building relationships with us, rather than just telling us what to do.

We then noted how, when Jesus leaves Capernaum and goes on, He calls His disciples to follow Him: “Let us go”.  I suggested that Jesus, too, was inviting all of us, in our own callings, to go with Him and partner with Him in His ongoing mission to spread the good news of the Kingdom.  This is something that we are learning, but that at the same time we take with us.

Here’s the sermon notes, if you’re interested in reading them, they’re in Word .doc format. Again, I think it works best if you right click on the link and select “Save Link As…” or the equivalent. And if you do read them, please comment below!

(And, for reasons of length, I will post separately about the mysterious story hinted at in the first point!)

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Education Sunday

On 5 February, Churches Together in England marks Education Sunday, a “national day of prayer and celebration for everyone involved in the world of education”.  As part of this, our service at Greenfield that Sunday will be somewhat different.

We’ve written to six local schools inviting their teaching staff to come to our service.  This will then be a chance to show our support as a church for these people who do such an incredible, difficult and pressurised job.  Over the last year or so we’ve had good contacts with the children from the local infant school which has been an immense pleasure and privilege.  But we want to show that we care about the teachers as well as the children.  Hence this service.

So please come along to the service, at the usual time on Sunday 5 February.  Please pray for the service, that teachers will want to come, that it will be a valuable way of showing our support as a church and God’s love for them, and that I won’t get tongue-tied talking to a church full (hopefully!) of teachers.  And, if you can, try and bring a memory of your favourite teach – what made him or her so special, how did they inspire you?

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