October Letter from Mat

I love weddings. Perhaps strangely, the recession seems to have prompted many people to get married and, even better, an increasing number decide to get married in church. One of the great moments in a wedding is when the bride arrives to gasps from the family and friends and delight on the face of the waiting groom. Brides always look lovely. I guess this is a demonstration of love for the groom and also a celebration of that love. Brides often go to a great deal of effort and expense to look their best. It takes (so I’m told) hours to buy the right clothes and accessories, to get the hair done, and nails, and the makeup etc. Brides rightly want to look special for the groom and he does for her—it just takes him less time and imagination!

The church is often described as the bride of Christ particularly in Revelation (see Rev 19:7-8Open Link in New Window) and there are many parallels that can be made from this imagery. One is that the church (that’s us) is called first and foremost to love our Lord Jesus Christ. Another is that because of that love we too make the effort to present ourselves to Jesus Christ in the best way that we can. The activities that we engage in from our worship to our witness are done out of our love for the Jesus Christ the bridegroom.

If this image of passionate love is hard to enter into, then how about Paul’s more masculine approach in Philippians 3:7-11Open Link in New Window;

“Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him … I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”

Reading this bulletin you will, I hope be encouraged by all that is going on in our service of Jesus Christ. In the midst of our activity and busyness as a church let’s not forget who we are doing this for; our Lord, Master and Bridegroom.


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