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Sunday 22 November 2020
The Sunday next before Advent
‘Christ the King’
A keen golfer often missing from the church congregation on Sundays, once asked his vicar if there were golf courses in heaven. The vicar admitted that he had no idea, but that he would pray about the matter. A few Sundays later he called to the man and said, ’Fred, I have some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that there are superb golf courses in heaven’. Fred smiled happily before asking, ‘..and the bad news?’ ‘Well sadly’, said the vicar, ‘You’re booked on the first tee next Sunday at 11.00!’
Good news/bad news jokes abound, as do good news/bad news stories in the news. This week there is good news that the Covid vaccines are showing great efficacy in test trials, the bad news that it will probably be next summer before we can inoculate everyone. Good news that we might be allowed to meet families at Christmas, bad news that we might need to be locked down again throughout January.
There is good news and bad news in the gospel story today too, good news for sheep, bad for goats! The sheep are those who care for the poor and needy, the goats those who fail in such charity. In which group does our approach to those around us in these Covid days place us?
St Paul offers this prayer in our epistle this week. “ I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe.”
On this the last Sunday of the church’s year, we think of Christ the King. Not a king of wealth and power in earthly terms, but a shepherd and a servant revealing the love and hope of the Christian gospel – the ‘Good News’ and that really is good news in these sometime seemingly bad times.
. Revd John
Bromley Food Bank – Christmas Appeal
The Bromley Food Bank Christmas Appeal is collecting donations for their Christmas hampers, and they’re in need of general donations too. We have a food bank box in the church but it’s not easy to access it at the moment because of the current lockdown. Thankfully our friends at St Marys Green Street Green are opening their church porch next Tuesday 24th November from 10am to 12noon for anyone who wishes to drop off contributions. They will then take all donations to the Food Bank.
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