What a delight it was to see Church packed so full that extra chairs had to be shipped in so that everyone could sit down comfortably to welcome Kye Logan Ross into our church family.
He looked every inch a star dressed in his Christening gown and was totally unphased by the proceedings – but then he has been a regular attender at the Triangle since birth!
Tobias and Nathanial led the opening prayers and asked for God’s blessings on families and for the gift of new life.
Our Minister, Reverend Hilary Howarth, introduced readings by Kye’s cousin and Grandmother – Ben Latham and Ann Worsley. Their words included a beautiful definition of baptism being a moment when people and God are connected. Kye’s big sister, Faith, poured water into the font and the Godparents, parents and congregation, solemnly made their baptismal promises. Hilary introduced Kye to all the many members of his new church family and a lit candle was given to the family as a reminder of Jesus, the light of the world.
After a lively rendition of ‘If I were a Butterfly’, complete with actions, the young people left for their Junior Church classes.
Our Bible readings were James Chapter 3 verses 1 – 12, read by Kathy Denton, which equated the tongue to fire. Ivy Jarayaza then read Matthew Chapter 26 verses 69 – 75 where, during Peter’s denial, he was told that the way he spoke gave him away.
The sermon, entitled ‘Change Your Words, Change Your World’, was introduced by a video showing a blind man whose placard asking for money had an enormous impact on passers-by when a woman changed the few words written on it.
Hilary then spoke of how the comedienne Sarah Millican had remembered and been badly affected by cruel words spoken to her many years ago by a workman. She contrasted this with how one of our young people remembered ‘Soul Survivor’ as being a safe space with no bullying and no-one judging you. Hilary pointed out that the tongue has a powerful influence that can build a church up or send it crashing down.
As Moses was wrongly told by the 12 spies that there were strong giants in Canaan, the land of milk and honey, we must not allow negative thoughts to persuade us that we aren’t capable of carrying out what God has planned for us. For as Philippians chapter 4 verse 13 says: ‘through the strength of Christ we can do everything’.
Brian Smith led the prayers of intercession which was followed by the offering.
Our final hymn ‘I the Lord of Sea and Sky’ summed up the sermon’s message for me in that the world can be changed by one person listening to God’s words and speaking to others of His love.
It’s certainly an amazing thought that our world, which little Kye has been born into, could be changed and improved by each one of us speaking openly and unashamedly of God’s love for us all.
Kindly written by Pat Clark