Streetly All Saints Church

Transforming ourselves to save others

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This week my son and I went to see the film Ant-Man. This is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters of the same name. Scientist Hank Pym has developed technology, in the form of suit, which when worn and activated, transforms a man to ant-size proportions, hence the title of the film, Ant-Man. As the plot develops it becomes clear that by shrinking and then growing, Ant-Man will save the world from immanent disaster. I won’t tell you any more, just in case you want to go and see it!

The idea of transforming, changing ourselves to save others, started me thinking about Paul’s words to the Romans, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God - what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12.2)

As I’ve reflected on these words this week, I am struck again that being transformed or changing, is very much part of what it means to be a Christian. Every follower of Jesus is challenged to change and to go on changing and growing closer to God.

Jesus calls us to be born again, to change. We are challenged that even tough we may feel our faith is as small as a mustard seed, it is to be nurtured and encouraged to grow as tall and broad like the mustard plant.

Paul speaks a great deal of change as he writes to the church communities in the first century. To the church at Ephesus he says, “be made new in the attitude of your mind and put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4.23-24). To the church of Colossae he says, “Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” (Colossians 3:10) and to the young Christian, Titus Paul says that Jesus “saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).

Clearly there is an underlying assumption in scripture that as those seeking to follow Jesus should expect change and most importantly expect ourselves to be changing day by day as we read scripture, pray, worship together and live lives seeking to draw closer to the Lord Jesus Christ.

So why, I wonder do we find it so hard to change and why do we shy away from opportunities to grow in our faith and our relationship with God? Maybe you would like to give that question some thought over this month as church life is on the whole a bit quieter. 

On 5th September we have a wonderful opportunity to be changed, to be transformed, to grow as a healthy church. We will be coming together with Christians across the diocese to sing God’s praises, to listen to God’s word and pray together. The event is called The Goodness of God because we will be thanking God for God’s goodness to us as individuals and as churches across the Diocese. The event is taking place in the Bethel Centre, a Christian Worship Centre, in West Bromwich. We are hoping to take a coach full of the church family from Streetly. We’re going, to be encouraged to grow as a healthy church and to celebrate all God has done for us. We’re going to be encouraged to hear what God is doing in other people’s loves and to learn more about the God we worship together.

Between the 2-4 October the church has booked to go away together to Whitemore Lakes, near Alrewas. We are going to be changed!  To grow as a healthy church and have a great deal of fun! Rev’d David Primrose will be co-leading the weekend and the theme is Growing as God’s Family. I hope many of you will see this as an opportunity for you to come and grow in your own faith and to encourage others to grow in theirs. It is also an opportunity to meet and get to know Christians worshipping at All Saints who you may not know yet!

In the autumn term we are running a course called Worship for Today. This is a six week course which gives us an opportunity to be changed and to grow as a healthy church. You can come every week or just to some of the weeks. A variety of speakers will be leading the course, at the end of which I hope we will have grown in our understanding of worship and be better equipped to lead worship for our community, which will help especially those new to church, to grow as disciples of Christ Jesus.

Just like Ant-Man, we are to be transformed to serve others. Firstly to serve God, then to serve one another. Transformed to share with others the Good News the God loves them and longs to share in their lives.

I thank God someone changed to help me to grow in my faith, let’s pray for our church to be eager to change as we seek to grow in Christ together.

Rev’d Mandy Walker

 

Charity Number: 1134127

Address: All Saints Parish Church Streetly, Foley Road East, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 3JL

Regular Services


Sunday
7.00am Morning Prayer 
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Parish Family Eucharist
6.00pm Evening Service 
 
Monday-Saturday 8.30am Morning Prayer 
Tuesday 10am Holy Communion

 

Special Events- Dates for your Diary

Saturday 21st April Time 7.00pm- Quiz Night 

Saturday 28th April 7.30pm- Jean Martyn in Concert

Saturday 12th May 10.30am- Coffee Concert with Simon Lumby and Angela Sones (Organ) 


 

 

 

 




 


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