- Last Updated on 24 April 2014
May is the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom. It is said to be a time of love and romance. It is when we celebrate the coming of summer with the Crab and Lobster Festival and express our joy and hope after a long winter. We have left Easter behind now with our successful Limitless Lent and Passion for Life and rejoicing in the risen Lord Jesus. We are in the season of Pentecost leading up to 8th June when we celebrate the birth of the church and receiving the Holy Spirit as our helper, comforter and teacher.
In the Old Testament this was the time of the wheat harvest, when an offering of the first fruits was made. In this same season, Ruth met Boaz (Ruth 2:23) and became his wife. It is a story in which we can see the grace and providence of God because he is her "kinsman-redeemer" - the relative who was responsible for rescuing the family out of a difficult situation. To "redeem" means to buy back from slavery and has the idea of paying a ransom to rescue someone. God showed himself to be a redeemer when he rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. He did on a national scale what the kinsman-redeemer did for the individual. But look how closely Jesus fits the description of a kinsman-redeemer. The death of Jesus on the cross has brought us back from slavery - he rescues us from the penalty and power of sin; he promises always to be faithful to us and he gives us a heritage of eternal life to look forward to.
As a result we can experience a sense of joy because God is glorified by the personal transformation that his redemption brings to our lives. We respond by being the church where there is loyalty and support for individuals. Like Boaz, we should be God’s hands and feet for other people, proving to them that God’s love and kindness are a reality. As our strap line states: "being the people of God, for the people of Cromer".
- Last Updated on 24 April 2014
Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS) enables churches to help every person hear and discover the good news of Jesus Christ. Their vision states: "We are committed to mission and equipping churches for their God-given task of evangelism. We believe the most strategic way for us to help churches become more mission-focused is by developing effective leadership."
Looking through CPAS’s Prayer Diary for May gives an indication of the breadth of its ministry. During the first full week of May we are asked to pray for the work of the Society with new incumbents. Graham Archer, CPAS director of ministry, will be leading 'The Buck Stops Here', a 48-hour conference for clergy at the start of their first incumbency, which takes place on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th May in Malvern.
The following week, the prayer requests are for the Arrow Leadership Programme, which is designed to equip church leaders to be "led more by Jesus, to lead more like Jesus and to lead more to Jesus." A new group of participants will be starting the 18-month programme this week. The week after that involves praying for the partnerships CPAS has with many dioceses to provide training at a variety of levels: curate training, continuing ministerial development days, diocesan conferences, leadership courses over a year and multi-parish benefice learning communities over two years.
In the final week of May we’re asked to pray for the programme of Ventures and Falcon Camps taking place during half-term and for the preparations for all the summer camps and the teams running them.
These are only some of the areas CPAS is working in, and to continue all that it is doing CPAS needs our prayers and financial support. If you want to know more or would like to receive the Prayer Diary, please contact us or visit the CPAS website.