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Welcome to St James Church Brownhills with Ogley Hay

‘The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”  Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”   Luke 4 v 17-21


These few verses, that Jesus quotes, from the prophet Isaiah provide a clear indication of the nature of His ministry and the Kingdom of God He will bring in. Healing and the restoration of justice would be a clear sign of the coming of the Messiah and the new reign of God, and for the next few years Jesus would fulfil this aspect of God’s Kingdom.


But, this new reign would not end with the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus was very clear that it would continue long after His Ascension through the lives and ministries of His followers and so affirmed this by calling His church, led by the Apostles, to continue to live out the Kingdom values through the ages.


We only have to look at the state of the world around us, and the shocking fact there is so much food poverty in our nation, to see that there is still much to do. It is our vocation as Christians to do all we can to strive to live out the Kingdom values of love, justice and mercy.


There are many ways we can contribute to this; prayer, the words we speak, the way we shop buying fair-trade products where we can, donations to the local food-bank, supporting the many aid agencies eg Tearfund & Christian Aid and speaking to our local Councillors and MP.    


Plans are afoot to setup a local Community Food-bank in Brownhills and this could be something you could get involved with. If this is a ministry you could get involved with please let Mel Pearce or Roger Corbett know for more information.


Church is not just about worship and prayer on Sunday, vital thought this is. It is living as the followers of Jesus, living out our vocation as disciples of Jesus, equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit, to see the Kingdom of God bless many more in our local community.


This is a call we all share and not just a few ‘special’ Christians and Lent, which as are about to enter, is a time to reflect on our relationship with Jesus and how we serve Him.


Yours as we serve the Lord together,


Dave Bishop