Which way to look?
Every July we celebrate the dedication of St. Michael and All Angel’s Parish Church. At the festival we remember the determination, vision and faith of the early parishioners and their commitment to following Jesus in the Anglican way. It was because of them, that Bramhall Parish came to exist.
If they hadn’t followed Jesus, this parish might not exist.
If they hadn’t been committed to an Anglican presence in Bramhall, this place might not have existed.
As I reflect on their faith and generosity, I can’t help but pray
Thank You Lord!
What strikes me as important is that the founders of our parish looked forwards. Their actions point to motives that said we want the people of Bramhall to know Jesus in the years to come and that there needed to be a place easier to frequent than St. Thomas’ Stockport.
Where do we look? What are our motives?
This time last year I walked through the doors of St. Michael’s for the first time. My vision was for 6 months, to care, to love and to lead in worship. What I have experienced in doing that is a warm embrace of love by this community which has led me to call this place home and all of you family.
It’s those actions of the past year, that motivate me to say to people I meet, come and join us as we explore the Christian faith together. My past, our past, motivate me to look and work for the future.
Paul writes to the Philippian Church:
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)
May the past inspire us not to go back – but to boldly move forwards, with faith, with hope and with love.
I wonder what the parishioners of Bramhall will say about us in 2127?
Revd Calum Piper, July 2018