Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.’
John 2:10 (Message)
Show us Father God how to spread the Gospel News in a way which isn’t boring but which is exciting because the Kingdom of God is near
We welcome our preacher this morning who is Mr Carl Squire
After service tea hosts Bob and Karen
Organist: Joan McGowan
Sunday 24th January
11.00am Rev Richard Sharples
Vestry Stewards – Ian and Avril
Door Steward – Keith
Tea Hosts – Keith and Myra
Mon 18th Every Day with Jesus Bible Study in Lounge 10.30am
Tue 19th Cytun Service here. See below
Thu 21st Prayer Course at Wrexham 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Sat 23rd Rhosddu Coffee Morning at Wrexham 10.00am
Mon 25th Marriage Course at Regent Street 6.00pm Booking essential – £40. Contact Richard Sharples
Wed 27th Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am
Wed 27th Bible Fellowship at Avril William’s home 7.30pm
Wed 27th “Time Out” a monthly reflective worship at Hope Parish Church 7.30pm (4th Wed in the month)
Please pray for the following:
All those who care for those in need.
We thank God for answered prayer and ask that he helps us to understand that all things do work together for good.
In the 25th chapter of Isaiah we find a beautiful vision of what happens when God’s victory is made manifest:
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoplesa feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
A feast. Rich food. Well-aged wines.
Sounds pretty good, right?
In the Revelation to John, towards the end when the victory of God is nearly fulfilled we find a similar theme:
Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the lamb.
Jesus, the Lamb of God, after evil and death are finally defeated, throws a feast. And the invitees are blessed.
A good party is a sign of the Kingdom of God—it’s a foretaste of the Reign of God.
There’s a horrible mistake been made when “religion” and “church” are words synonymous with “boring,” and “lifeless.” Yes, of course there are things to be serious about, and there need to be moments of great solemnity in our common spiritual life.
But, the Kingdom of God is like a party. A feast. With fine food and well-aged wines. That’s the very opposite of boring and lifeless.
And this is why Jesus does what he does at the wedding feast at Cana. The party was going. The food and the wine had been carefully planned and executed…and the wine had run out.
The hosts had either not thought that part through very well, or their guests were particularly thirsty that day.
“Boring-Jesus,” “lifeless-Jesus” would have said, “Great. Now that the wine is gone, the party is over. We can all leave, go home, and get down to serious business. I didn’t want to me here anyway.”
But, no. That’s not the Jesus that we have. Jesus is asked by his mother to do something about it, he does.
He turns water into wine. 120 to 180 gallons of it. (Wow!) And, when the steward takes a sip, he finds out that Jesus hasn’t made Boone’s Farm. (Extra-credit if you know the reference…) He made the good stuff.
Well-aged wine, like the feast of God in Isaiah.
This is the first of the signs in the Gospel of John, and this sign not only points to Jesus as someone who can do miraculous things, but it points to Jesus as the Messiah who has come to fulfil the promises of old. The One who has come to bring on the feasting.
Until it’s not someone else’s wedding he’s supplying the drink for, but his own.
So, get that dour look off your face and start spreading the Good News: The Church isn’t boring. The Kingdom of God is near.
Rev Rick Morley, St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA