As people of faith, we are storied people. Our faith is built on ancient myths, legends, and stories of folk who, through every age, have sought and found God who brings together and makes sense of all our stories. How will we make sense of God’s story today? How will we live, together, in the story of God – of the past, the present and the future.
Reading today’s gospel, in the light of Ascension that we celebrated on Thursday, I’m struck again by how Jesus entrusts us with his story, with the story of faith. “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.” (John 17:20–21a)
We are entrusted with the good news. So what story are we telling? How are we portraying a life of following God? Is it a story that, even today, in the midst of the darkness, holds out light? Are we still able to share the story of hope and of resurrection? Are we living as those who make a positive difference in the lives of our communities?
This is an extract from the sermon given by Rev Liz Crumlish at the St Margaret’s Sung Eucharist on 29 May 2022, speaking in our sermon series ‘Countering the Darkness: Stories of Hope and Resurrection’. Do read the whole of what Liz had to say, which you can download at this link.
The image comes from an article written for World Refugee Day 2021 by Defne Gursoy, which you can read at this link.