Rev R Larkinson: November 2017
Sunday 29th. October, 2017, 3pm., on the Village Green, Over. Bright sunshine.
About 30 people from the Anglican, Baptist, and Methodist Churches, with some from the Circuit, brave the cold wind to mark the 500 years since Martin Luther is said to have nailed his 95 Theses to that church door in Germany.
To general amusement Baptist and Methodist Ministers David Smith and Roger Larkinson kick off by arguing with each other. It's all about proving you're O.K. They are soon shut up by the Vicar, Julie Anderson, who reads from St. Luke chapter 18 the parable of the Pharisee and the tax-collector — how to be really O.K. with God. We share in Psalm 130, and sing Luther's hymn based on it. Then David reads St. Paul, and Roger speaks about Luther and his message. We sing, "O for a thousand tongues ...", and David leads us in prayer. Then Luther's great hymn, "A safe stronghold our God is still ..." Julie sends us off to the Methodist Church, where David nails some "theses"* he just happens to have with him to the Church door. Each congregation receives a copy of them. Indoors, tea, cake, and conversation. A good time was had by all, and there was talk of doing more together in the future.
The pictures show David nailing the "theses" to the Church door, and tea in the hall.
*The "theses" were:-
God loved the world so much He gave His one and only Son, Jesus, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
There is salvation in no one else! God has not given us any other person or name under heaven by which we must be saved.
God's promise is that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved.
So all we really need is God's love shown to us in Jesus Christ.
God's love will make a new person of you.
So, in response, let the whole world know what He has done.
And do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can!
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