The Curate


tina 2018

presntation dec5th

Tina receiving her gift of chalice and patten 

Chalice 

Reverend Tina Burgess.........................07909107404

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CURATE’S CORNER

Hello Everyone,

When hearing the word ‘disciple’, it’s an easy mistake to make to think that it only applied to those twelve chosen followers of Jesus.

Historically, ‘discipleship’ was something that many in the ancient world practised to one master or another. But far from just assenting to someone’s teaching, or being mentored by someone, it meant the whole of life being shaped by that one individual whom you had chosen to follow. Christ’s disciples embraced that kind of whole life relationship with Jesus while he lived here on the earth, and one of the most important characteristics of being a disciple today is that we can, with the help of the Holy Spirit, have that same kind of intimate relationship with Christ, which is so much more than just learning about Him.

Recently, I was privileged to hear three different people talking about their own experience of being disciples. Each person was a different age, chosen to show a spread of ages at different times of life. Each one spoke personally of their experience and gave their reflection on what being a disciple of Jesus had meant to them.

Although these people were different ages and at different stages of life and had different experiences in life, one of the overwhelming realities which stood out from hearing their experiences was that being a disciple is… for life! It’s not a job which you do for a certain length of time and then retire from. It’s not an artistic fad or a music craze which comes in and out of fashion. It’s not something you are too old or too young to be. Being a disciple of Christ is just that…being a disciple, a learner, a follower of Christ in every season of life, through every season of life and there are lots of people in every different walk of life who are disciples of Christ…and this has been so for the last 2000 years.

The other overwhelming reality which stood out to me from their shared experience was that discipleship is not easy. It involved not knowing the future; of waiting, but being ready to respond when prompted; of sometimes realising that you had wandered from the path and needed to call out to Jesus to bring you back and set you in the right direction again; of staying faithful to God and believing what he has promised you even when life looks nothing like that promise. Of course there are mountaintop experiences but there are shadows and valleys too…It was actually a relief to have it publicly acknowledged that this was the common experience of discipleship.

I guess that it made me see that God is so much bigger than our circumstances and that from beginning to end, he reigns over it all. 2Timothy 2: 13 says, “If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself”. We are safe in him because we belong to him through Christ. Knowing that we are his and that even when our certainties wobble, God remains steadfast. This gives us the strength to keep going.

The final thing which stood out to me from this reflection on discipleship was that the vicar leading the service commented that the collective noun for disciples is…church! The reality is that we are on this journey together under God’s grace. Brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God. We need each other’s encouragement, understanding and love. Let’s ask our Heavenly Father to help us remember that and to help us be that for one another on this journey called discipleship.

 

Every blessing

Rev Tina

 

 

 

When hearing the word ‘disciple’, it’s an easy mistake to make to think that it only applied to those twelve chosen followers of Jesus.

Historically, ‘discipleship’ was something that many in the ancient world practised to one master or another. But far from just assenting to someone’s teaching, or being mentored by someone, it meant the whole of life being shaped by that one individual whom you had chosen to follow. Christ’s disciples embraced that kind of whole life relationship with Jesus while he lived here on the earth, and one of the most important characteristics of being a disciple today is that we can, with the help of the Holy Spirit, have that same kind of intimate relationship with Christ, which is so much more than just learning about Him.

Recently, I was privileged to hear three different people talking about their own experience of being disciples. Each person was a different age, chosen to show a spread of ages at different times of life. Each one spoke personally of their experience and gave their reflection on what being a disciple of Jesus had meant to them.

Although these people were different ages and at different stages of life and had different experiences in life, one of the overwhelming realities which stood out from hearing their experiences was that being a disciple is… for life! It’s not a job which you do for a certain length of time and then retire from. It’s not an artistic fad or a music craze which comes in and out of fashion. It’s not something you are too old or too young to be. Being a disciple of Christ is just that…being a disciple, a learner, a follower of Christ in every season of life, through every season of life and there are lots of people in every different walk of life who are disciples of Christ…and this has been so for the last 2000 years.

 

 

 

The other overwhelming reality which stood out to me from their shared experience was that discipleship is not easy. It involved not knowing the future; of waiting, but being ready to respond when prompted; of sometimes realising that you had wandered from the path and needed to call out to Jesus to bring you back and set you in the right direction again; of staying faithful to God and believing what he has promised you even when life looks nothing like that promise. Of course there are mountaintop experiences but there are shadows and valleys too…It was actually a relief to have it publicly acknowledged that this was the common experience of discipleship.

I guess that it made me see that God is so much bigger than our circumstances and that from beginning to end, he reigns over it all. 2Timothy 2: 13 says, “If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself”. We are safe in him because we belong to him through Christ. Knowing that we are his and that even when our certainties wobble, God remains steadfast. This gives us the strength to keep going.

The final thing which stood out to me from this reflection on discipleship was that the vicar leading the service commented that the collective noun for disciples is…church! The reality is that we are on this journey together under God’s grace. Brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God. We need each other’s encouragement, understanding and love. Let’s ask our Heavenly Father to help us remember that and to help us be that for one another on this journey called discipleship.

 

Every blessing

Rev Tina