Trinity Sunday, 7th June 2020

Thought for the Week: #BlackLivesMatter

On Tuesday evening a group of angry men surrounded a young couple in their car, slashed their tyres and smashed the windows. They shouted from every direction; though strapped in with seatbelts, the men debilitated the couple with tasers and dragged them out of the car. They were afraid and prayed that they wouldn’t be killed by the mob. One of the couple had his arm fractured, and had a cut which required 20 stitches.


The couple are black. The group of men were police officers.

The couple were not charged with any crime. In their moment of panic and fear, while sustaining injuries, who could they turn to for help? Who was defending them against violence? Against hatred? We can’t imagine having no-one to turn to, no-one to defend us against danger, and the protests sweeping the US and the world, ignited by the murder of George Floyd, are standing up for people who suffer again and again in this way, and many other ways.

But some have even taken offense at the #BlackLivesMatter campaign, claiming “all lives matter!” Of course, they do, but Jesus teaches us that the Good Shepherd leaves 99 sheep to go looking for the one that is lost. All of the sheep matter, but one of them is suffering, and needs more immediate help. Our sermon this week highlights biodiversity—how all creation is connected; how all things are interdependent. Dr Martin Luther King Jr knew this when he said: ‘In a real sense, we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Therefore, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ We must think of this when we see our brothers and sisters suffering. May we have the wisdom to know when others need immediate help. May we not be afraid to offer ourselves to do our part. May we never say “yes, but...”. Love is not sacrificed or diminished when it is shared out. It grows and grows.


Revd Benjamin Jarvis

3/7/20  

 

World Environment Day

World Environment Day was this Friday 5th June. In this Sunday’s Church at Home service, Kate Stobart will be leading our reflection on this theme.  More information about World Environment Day can be found here: https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/, and there is a section on how faith groups can contribute in the “WED toolkit” https://p.widencdn.net/e2n0wj/WED_SimpleToolkit


Thanks from Ben

Thank you to everyone who prayed for me and my family after the sudden death of my father a few weeks ago. I was touched by the many messages of support, and knowing we were being held in prayer was a great comfort to us all. 



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