Sunday worship – 14th July 2019

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Reading: Colossians 1:13-14 & Luke 10:25-37

Theme Sea Sunday

Sea Sunday is usually second Sunday in July and a day set aside by some Christian churches to remember and pray for seafarers and their families. Suzanne referred to the life and work of people who risk their lives staffing lifeboats, in particular the cost and risk associated with rescuing people in peril.

When Jesus Christ came to rescue us he paid a high price with his life on the cross.

One famous rescue story is the parable of the Good Samaritan told by Jesus. It is about a traveller who is stripped of clothing, beaten, and left half dead.  Jesus picked out this particular road the traveller was on because it was renowned for being dangerous.

It would not surprise people that the traveller was attacked and as we quite often do today, locals would pass judgement by saying it serves him right for attempting the journey alone.

This is not only a practical story but a spiritual one showing the downward journey in our spiritual lives.

Do we judge others and how would we be judged on the way we live our lives by others? We don’t always know the reasons behind decisions taken by others. We don’t know why this traveller chose to be on this dangerous road at this time, but it resulted in him being assaulted and robbed.

We don’t need our errors highlighting by others we need love and understanding. The Samaritan came to the aid of the traveller and Jesus comes to our aid in times of need.

God judges, being a good neighbour is our role.




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