Reach Out and Touch
A sermon preached by Roger Rule at Chapel Street Methodist Church on 16 September 2018.
Bible passage: Mark 5: 21-43 (NIVUK).
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The Summer 2018 edition of the Methodist Church’s magazine is now available.
Editor David Perry writes:
Our cover photo is a thrillingly dramatic action shot of the women’s double-handed single-hull dinghy of Jess Lavery and Flora Stewart, members of the British Sailing Team and Olympic hopefuls for Tokyo 2020.
Flora is leaning right out over the side to get the sail in the optimal position to maximise the transfer of energy into forward motion. In order to do this she uses a singularly vital piece of kit: a trapeze system which is attached to the upper mast. With this she can lean out with confidence, knowing that she is securely held.
What is true of her vocation as an elite sportswoman is also true of her vocation as a local preacher in training. Here too Flora leans right out to the limit, maximising her willingness and enthusiasm to be who God has called her to be, knowing that she is held just as securely by God in her exploration of her calling as she is by the trapeze system of her dinghy.
Reflecting on this vital truth several questions come to mind; questions for individuals, churches and circuits which we should surely be asking. At this point in your faith journey what is God calling you to do? Where does God want you to be brave and lean right out? How are you going to maximise the impact of God’s love in and through your life?
Put simply, what is your individual and collective vocation and what are you going to do about it?