The United Reformed Church – So Reformation must be dear to us, as we are reminded of it every time we say our denomination name. Maybe because our heritage isn’t directly and solely back to Martin Luther’s nailing his theses on the church door (there have been a few mixed marriages on the way!) we haven’t made such a big fuss here, as in Germany. I have just received a gift of Martin Luther shaped pasta from Germany (a case of Pastor Luther?!) and I have one of the Playmobil Luthers, which has been their fastest ever selling figure with over 34,000 sold in 72 hours! Because of all the different influences and origins on our history, we would find it difficult to pinpoint a date to have an anniversary. But Reformed we certainly are. I am challenging Yorkshire with the question – What is it about being reformed Christians that we have to offer in the body of Christ and to the world? I am thrilled at the answers I am offered – for if we have no answers then we might as well pack up and go home.
It wasn’t really a tour of Wessex – more a drive along the A27 – M27, starting at Havant and driving west until it runs out in the New Forest! How many of us use the motorways to commute for work and get to holiday destinations – the hope of fast, unimpeded travel, the reality now more like chock-a-block queues. Good to get off the motorway, and start making discoveries. For us, it was to discover how our churches are engaging with their communities, even making an impact on people’s lives. A big thanks to those ministers, elders and churches who opened their hearts and church-doors to us. So many discoveries!
From this ….. to this…………….
Moderator thumbing a lift!
“Old men and old women will come back to Jerusalem, sit on benches on the streets and spin tales, move around safely with their canes—a good city to grow old in. And boys and girls will fill the public parks, laughing and playing—a good city to grow up in.” Zechariah 8:4-5 (The Message)
It is now weeks since we toured South Wales, but I have only told half the story and there were more churches to get excited about!