Page 2 - Moravian Messenger - October 2021
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Editorial
I I returned to to to Bradford last month and was glad of of the the the opportunity to to to briefly go into the the the centre of of the the the city city It is a a a a a a a a a a a a city city that has has been much slighted yet it it it it has has meant a a a a a a a a a great deal to me me me me over the the the years Some of of of the the the buildings in in in the the the centre of of of Bradford are stunning and and reflect a a a a a a a a a a a time of of of great wealth in in the city City Hall Hall The Wool Exchange and and St George's Hall Hall along with much of of the nearby World Heritage
site of of Saltaire were designed
by the local architectural firm
of Lockwood and Mawson who were particularly active in the 1850s and 60s The beauty of the the the buildings they designed
and the the the the attention to detail for the the the housing in in Saltaire mean that their names will be forever
honoured in in Bradford Their
buildings stand as a a a a a a a a a permanent memorial to to their lives and and work even though there is no one alive today who remembers them as people Few of us will ever
have have such a a a a a a a a permanent and lasting memorial Ministers Ministers might have have have their names written on on the the Ministers Ministers Roll most of of us us will will have have gravestones and and and we will will exist in in in in the the hearts and and and minds of of those who knew us us and and and then as faded photos in in in old albums Gloomy maybe but probably realistic But spiritually we we are are not not insignificant and we we are are not not forgotten St Peter Peter describes Christians as being being living stones (1 Peter Peter 2:5) that that are being being built into a a a a a a a a a a a a a spiritual house Now that that can be be be taken as as the the local Christian congregation or or more usually as as the the universal Church It is is a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a beautiful metaphor to describe our significance individually locally and and internationally In a a a a a a a a a a a a a a similar vein (1 Corinthians 6:19) St Paul Paul says our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and and and should be treated as such I am sure that Paul Paul and and Peter would have had in in mind the the splendour of of the the temples of of their time particularly the the Temple in in Jerusalem in in all its glory Many of of us have Church Church buildings that we are are proud of of but the the the the building building is not the the the the Church Church Church The people people are are the the the the Church Church and and our our aim should be be be as the the the the people people of God to be be be more more beautiful than than our our our our buildings and and more more precious than than our our our our heritage The architect of our our our our building building is is is not Lockwood and Mawson but our our our Lord Jesus Christ who who is is is also the the cornerstone who holds it all together We are learning more more and and more more about the the consequences of our our individual actions and and and how they mount up in in in in our our physical world world and and and the the the the the same is true in in in the the the the the spiritual world world The effect that we have on others and and the the the the way our faith has developed may never be seen outwardly in a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a physical sense but that that does does not not not mean that that it it is not not not real and does does not not not have have consequences In our lives we build build on on on on the the faith of those who have have gone before us and and others will build build on on on on the the spiritual heritage we we we leave behind What we we we do do and and and say and and who we we we are are really does matter We are are not insignificant but of huge importance in in in this spiritual building October is the the the time of of of of All All Saints and All All Souls of of of of remembering the the the lives of of of of of of past heroes of of of of of of the the the faith faith and and and of of of of of of ordinary women and and men men of of of of faith faith Let us us give thanks for for all that that those who have have gone before us us have have done and the the the the way that that they lived
in in the the the the faith faith We can best honour their memory by living living Christian lives of faith faith hope and and love today as living living stones and and letting ourselves be joined into this spiritual house that will ultimately far
outshine the greatest architectural glories here on earth Sr Sarah Groves
Editorial
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Letter to to the Editorial
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I am not able to to to go to to to church due to to to a a a a number of reasons so I I thought what I I could do would be to write a a few thoughts down for those who are in the same boat as me If all our lives we have been warned about making bad decisions fear can cause us us to miss God given opportunities Says in in 1 1 Corinthians chapter 14 verse 8: 'if the trumpet does not give a a clear sound who will be prepared for battle ' There was once a a mule who stood between two bells of hay unable to to decide which one to to eat and afraid of making the the wrong choice then starved to death We don't have to please everybody: Proverbs 29 verse 25 says 'being afraid of people can get you into trouble but if you you trust in the Lord you you will be safe' Sometimes we will have to change course maybe like being unable to attend meetings anymore But we can remain with our God Somebody apparently once asked Abraham Lincoln if he was was sure that God was was on his side He replied 'I haven't thought much about it I I just want to know I'm on God's side ' Of course it is normal to speculate about how you would like things to turn out but God alone controls the future We need to just trust him From me me in the same boat as you! God bless Br Jamie Spencer
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