URC Daily Devotion 12th October 2022

12th October 2022
Jubilee 12

 

Hebrews 13: 7 –  8 

Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.  Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings; for it is well for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by regulations about food,[b] which have not benefited those who observe them. 

Reflection

Our congregation is largely made up of people from the Windrush generation, their children, and grandchildren.  Our URC has made this first generation welcome, and they have been able to find a home there.  They have embedded themselves in the life and mission of the church. The church has  continued to struggle and speak out against issues of local and global injustice.  We have sought to make everyone feel welcome and that they can bring and contribute their gifts and skills to the round table.

Children and young people were an integral part of ministry. In 1990 I became an elder at age 22 and have been encouraged and supported to be a part of church life regionally and nationally. This ethos is true not only in my local church but wider when as a young person I attended ‘CONNECT’ and FURY. I remember FURY leading the way in the URC boycotting Nestlé products over an unethical practice. This was profound. The URC was instrumental in one of the first joint initiatives with CWM ‘Training in Mission’ that was exclusively for young people.

I cannot reflect on my local church without mentioning our church’s annual week-long youth adventure to Devon. I attended as a young person then as a Leader where I was challenged both physically and spiritually. When I became a mom, I took a break, but the pull was as strong as ever. I eventually returned with my young son in tow. Years later my son went as a teenager and I was humbled and filled with pride when he went as a young leader. Two generations. Praise God. 

Wider afield the URC have become more welcoming of all people regardless of age, sexuality, race, and education. It has received its first black Youth Assembly moderator.

Let us continue to be reformed and reforming.

Prayer

Loving God, thank you for being there with us over the years,
when we struggle to be of one mind, a conciliar church.

Forgiving God, we are sorry for the times we have been our selfish,
for the times we put our interest before what we know to be true and correct.

Life sustaining God, continue give us the passion for humanity,
as we continue to act impartially, with kindness while we walk with you. Amen

 

 

 

Today’s writer

Darnette Whitby Reid is a serving Elder at High Cross URC in Tottenham 

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