This Sunday our thoughts turn to Trinity. When we pray, we pray to God, through Jesus, in the Spirit, to our Father. And when we were baptized we were baptized into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. By being identified with Jesus' death, our sins are forgiven, we receive the Spirit, and we become the children of the Father of Jesus. We are brought into the “family of God”. Through baptism we enter the people of God, the Church family. Which also symbolises our sharing in the community life of God, the divine family. The work of the Spirit is to bring about that community, to empower us to work within it and for it. To enable our faith which is the basis of the community, and to promote the fruit which enables community, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
God, the community of love, the perfect oneness, is both the pattern and the possibility for our living in community. This is what the gospel of Jesus offers to us and demands of us. Sin has distorted human life, marring the divine image of God in which we are made. But the work of Jesus has restored our relationship with God. The Spirit of Jesus brings us into this new relationship. Your Brother in Christ, Mike Simpson, Locum Vicar.