What I have come to realise in a fresh way is that being part of a church is all about the spiritual and the material coming together and overlapping. Physical things matter to God. Material things are useful to mission. Our church buildings offer a scared space, soaked in centuries of prayer and worship. You cannot look to service the spiritual needs of a church congregation and totally disregard the duty of care that trustees of a PCC have towards the upkeep and safeguarding of our physical church buildings. Neither can we on the PCC exclude matters of faith and ways of growing in relationship with God and focus spending all our money on the bricks and mortar, or limecrete versus cement! The material and the spiritual hold together and are not binary issues.
Theology helps us understand this in a deeper way as we look to God. God is a creator God. He takes matter and draws out of it beauty and enlivens it with eternal significance. God created the material world and he calls us to steward and uphold creation. Jesus too embodies our Christian incarnational faith. Jesus became a man and lived amongst us. He brings together things of God and material things of the earth in such a way that our humanness is inextricably fused with God. We speak of Jesus making a way for us to be close to God, by his life, death and resurrection to life. Jesus shows us what it is to live reliant on God and at Pentecost Jesus sends us his Holy Spirit. This is God with us and in us. We cannot be closer to God than after the coming of the Holy Spirit, who lives in our hearts as we trust and turn to God.
Please join us as we pray and trust God for our spiritual needs and our material needs. It is not wrong to approach God in prayer and ask for physical provision. Our churches all need to be taken care of. We need an increase of money for projects across all our churches. Please consider making an increased donation to the life and work of your church. Please pray too for an increase and deepening of faith in every one us. Let us rely on God this Pentecost as we pray ‘your kingdom come, your will be done.’