When we meet for worship at St Chrysostom’s there are often unexpected moments which inspire, enrich or challenge us.
They can be times of beauty and faith which inspire, sometimes they can be moments which challenge and enlarge our outlook in faith.
It’s good to be open and ready for the unexpected – who knows – they may well be angels of God bringing messages to us!
Our celebration of Easter faith brought several such moments. Perhaps only seen by a few, but nevertheless special and holy in their differing ways. Of course sometimes such moments are shared by only one or two, sometimes may just experienced by one person. In other cases something happens which opens our eyes a little more to the faith and love which is close at hand – to the closeness of the love of Christ among us.
Two examples from our celebration – there are no doubt more. How lovely and touching that, unprompted, Shabana brought flowers to give to Bishop Mark. She gave them in to be given to Bishop Mark but we wished to ‘picture the occasion’ and so asked if Shabana, Amar and Anish could have a photo with Bishop Mark, and here it is.
Such acts of unexpected kindness raise our spirit and give us hope.
After our celebration Pastor John, of the Korean church which meets each week at St Chrysostom’s, met Bishop Mark and spoke to us of what for him was an unexpected recent miracle – the meeting together of the leaders of North and South Korea. We were delighted to hear John’s words and Bishop Mark said a prayer for the peoples of Korea and together John and he lit a candle of hope. It was an unexpected and beautiful moment, a small but real contribution to peace.
Pray for the eyes of faith to see the divine among us.
Be prepared to be surprised and inspired by the unexpected moment when you worship at St Chrysostom’s – such moments are surely the sign of the Holy Spirit among us!