chaplain's log

  • simon writes... 20th may 2018

    Reminder – please come along to church today with a picnic (if you’d like to join us afterwards in the Park). The weather forecast is good and it would be a lovely opportunity for us to enjoy each other’s company as we eat our lunch. We could then go for a walk and the children can play. What a great way to express our being together on Pentecost Sunday!

    What a wonderful festival Pentecost really is! We remember that (following on from the promise of the Lord Jesus) the disciples receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. God’s power at work in God’s people. A power that is for you and me today. Have you ever asked the Lord to fill you with his Spirit that you might live your life in his strength rather than your own?

    Many Christ-followers answer that in a manner that demonstrates an uncertainty about whether the Spirit really is at work in them! But God wants us to KNOW him and to RECEIVE him in our lives. God has so designed his people and his world that this life of the Almighty might be breathed through us!

    It is an amazing truth and one that fills me with a sense of awe and wonder. Who am I to be worthy of this gift? Why should the Lord of the whole earth want to give me this special gift?

    Well the answer is that believers are new people in Christ, living through him, by him & for St Paul wrote ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ 2 Corinthians 5:17

  • simon writes... 13th may 2018

    On Sunday 20th May we would like to invite you to a ‘Picnic In The Park’. With this lovely weather we are currently enjoying what could be better than the opportunity to bring along a packed lunch (sack lunch!)? Then, after church, we will find a suitable place to gather and eat and spend time together chatting and getting to know one another better.

    Please do come along! Children can play in the Park and we (or some of us) could go for a wander, enjoy the birdlife and revel in the beauty of God’s creation! Next Sunday (20th) is also Pentecost when we remind ourselves that it is the Holy Spirit who breathes his life and power into his people. He unites us ‘from every nation under heaven’ (Acts 2:5) and forms us together into ‘the body of Christ’ (1 Cor 12:27). We can spend time with each other and relax in the Park. Please come and join us!

    Last week I was in the UK at the ICS Chaplains’ Conference. St Paul’s church is affiliated to ICS (Intercontinental Church Society) and they support us in our work and mission. Both Nathan & I are part of the work of this evangelical mission agency of the Church of England and it’s very good to have their support & encouragement.

    The conference was excellent. Great fellowship amongst Chaplains serving in Europe and North Africa; top quality speakers, including Philip Mounstephen on Ephesians; & really good support for one another in our varied roles. And on 10 June we too will host Richard Bromley, head of ICS, as he comes to minister to us here in Tervuren. Fellowship is good & builds us up!

  • simon writes... 6th may 2018

    This coming week we will mark Ascension Day and we read in Luke 24:50-53....

    When Jesus had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

    I rather like this picture of the Ascension, a modern one from India, because we do not see Jesus’ feet sticking out from the clouds but rather have a sense of Jesus being enveloped in a cloud. He returns to heaven and we are then being commissioned to carry on his earthly ministry.

    We pray ‘your kingdom come, your will be done’ and as we do so we are willing God to use us as agents of his love and power. But, of course, we do not do this all in our own strength but rather in the power of his Holy Spirit. Wait until Pentecost that we might be filled afresh and empowered from on high.

  • Simon Writes... 29th April 2018

    2 Corinthians 9:5-15

    5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. 6 Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

    8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: ‘They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.’ 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

    12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!