A very warm welcome to St John’s, Walton!
We’re a lively, friendly church seeking to “Know Jesus and make Him known” through being a “Community for the Community.” It would be great to welcome you in person at one of our Sunday services or Tuesday service and lunch.
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Our regular Sunday morning services....
9.00 am Holy Communion
10.45 am Family Celebration
Welcome to St John’s this morning!
As Prince Charles turned seventy this week, anticipating a coming day when he will ascend to the throne he has offered certain assurances about how he will conduct himself in his new role. One such assurance he gave was that when he is king he won’t speak out anymore on the issues that he has spoken strongly about previously, in order not to compromise the role of monarch.
While some contemporary architects will be glad to hear that, at the same time we will lose a strong voice on one of the key issues of the day; the environment. That’s a great shame because it’s an area that we need more of and louder voices calling us to wake up from the lethargy and apathy many of us feel towards the issue. We feel that way partly because we are overwhelmed when we watch documentaries that show us the worrying effects of our careless disposal of waste and excessive use of energy.
Also, because we think that as long as we keep dropping things in the correct recycling bins, we can keep buying stuff that is made from materials that are incompatible with a carefully balanced organic system.
I myself am complicit in the delusion that having a number of huge plastic bins will help resolve the issue. But every time we pick up a plastic bottle or container at the supermarket, (only a fraction can be recycled), buy a new car, or shop for clothes with synthetic fabrics, we add more toxic junk to our eco system.
Not only does this self-destructive behaviour indicate a staggering level of ignorance or apathy of a supposedly superior species as we fill our land, waters and air with toxins and non-biodegradable junk, but also I believe it says much about how much respect we have for the Lord of Creation whom we claim to love and worship.
The Bible readings this Sunday anticipate the day when Jesus will come back and take His throne over all Creation. That day will bring a radical change to the way we live.
But let’s not leave it until then! Consumers like you and I can take serious and prayerful action now that will make a real difference today. Listen out for the first of a series of events at St John’s through which we will begin to explore what we can do to address the issue and respect the God who Created the Earth for us to live in and enjoy.
God Bless, Nick