Audlem Saint James The Great Church

Helen's Letter

Dear Friends,

At the beginning of June some of us were lucky enough to go to a special service in the Cathedral to support Rachael in the next phase of her ministry. It was a wonderful celebration and during it we were reminded that while we were celebrating a group of people in a specific ministry of being priests, the kingdom of God is about each of us living out God's love wherever we are.

I used to think when I pray "Thy kingdom come" then God would step in and change the world to make it a better place. But now I suspect that wshen I pray "Thy kingdom come" I am asking God to help me change so that I am part of bringing in God's kingdom.

This means that God's kingdom will not arrive in a splendid "Ta dah!" but slowly, slowly as each uf us let God's spirit be at work in us, making us more like Jesus and the world become the best place it can be.

And that will be slow - an almost imperceptable change.

It is easy to think "well if that's how it happens what's the point?"

I find the answer in this quote from Martin Luther King who said                                                                 "I cannot do great things - but I can do small things in a great way."

I can do washing up with grace rather than a grudge.

I can be generous in my attitude rathet tahn mean or jealous.

I can forgive rather tahn resent.

I can smile rather than frown.

Say "hello" rather than ignore.

And i think you canm do the same.....and if everyone did that - wow what would happen in the world?

And even if a few more did - who knows what the ripple effect would be.

Yours, Helen.