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This eight weeks covered by the double issue of this magazine was once called the period after Trinity. Now it is called The Period of Ordinary time. It is dominated by the themes of how God, Father Son and Holy Spirit are the Authority by which we believe in and live out our faith in 2019. At Billsborrow on Trinity Sunday I used three words," idea, word and power" in my sermon there to describe the activity and authority of the One God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus promised to send the Spirit of Truth to all Christians for just as he The Son of God revealed God the Father to the church by becoming one of us to show the depth of the Fathers love, so the coming of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us is still leading us into a greater realisation of what Jesus taught us about God the Father in his earthly life.
Yes, that power is manifest in those called to govern the church, but more and more we recognise it in the life of every faithful Christian. This comes from the use of the wise use of the differing gifts that God has given to each one of us. Perhaps the most authoritative power any one of us possesses lay or ordained is the authority that comes from true holiness of body, mind and spirit. It involves living lives of self-sacrificing love, of committed discipleship, of action for justice in society. If we can show these gifts then we have an authority more than any official title for us can ever bestow.
Often at our Wednesday morning 10 a.m. Holy Communion services at St. Helen's I use an introductory very short meditation. I now print here one I used recently and which some of you asked for copies of it, is entitled "Look to this day" and reads....
Look to this day for it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course lie all the varieties and realities of your existence: The bliss of growth, the glory of action, the splendour of beauty. Yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. LOOK WELL THEREFORETO THIS DAY FOR SUCH IS THE SALVATION OF THE DAWN