Letter to the Parish - Friday 23 April 2021

First published on: 24th April 2021

Dear all,

Last weekend I laid some decking in the garden. The hardest part was making the frame that the decking would sit on. I needed it to be the right height, going in the right direction and level. I am pretty sure if someone looked at it who knew what they were doing they would have laughed, but in the end I managed. Getting that first piece of frame right was the part that took me the longest because I knew how important it was, from this piece all the other pieces would get their line.

In this week’s passage from Acts chapter four Peter describes Jesus as the cornerstone; the stone that sets the direction, because there is no one else in whom salvation is found. 

Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.

Jesus was rejected by those in authority, as someone who was a “wrong ‘un”. Peter says they were the ones who got it wrong. Jesus is the right one. The “rightest” one there can be. He sets the direction and hold things together; He is the only one capable of that job. We need to have Jesus at the cornerstone in everything we build; our lives, relationships, activities - as individuals and as a church. Considering this, let us ask ourselves three questions,

  1. Do we know the salvation that comes from Him and Him alone?
  2. Do we get our direction and level from Him?
  3. Are the things we do as a church in line with Him?

Over the coming weeks and months as we continue to emerge from the pandemic, doing more things as a church; we will need to continue to ask ourselves these questions to make sure that we are keeping in line with the cornerstone. All we do as a church should be able to be traced back to the cornerstone and all we do should point people to the salvation found in him.  

God Bless,

Gareth


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