Article appearing in Church Notes of The Lowestoft Journal 28th November 2014

Article appearing in Church Notes of The Lowestoft Journal 28th November 2014

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“HEROS”   As youngster we were told about, Scott of the Antarctic who led the first British expedition to the South Pole; of David Livingston the Missionary Explorer of Africa, and of Eric Liddell, the runner who won Olympic Gold and then travelled to China as a missionary. All hero’s, good to know off.  Later playground talk was about glamorous Film Stars seen at the Cinema, the new idols; going onto famous footballers like Stanley Matthews, Jimmy Greaves, Bobbie Moore, hero’s, to their fans. Recent headlines told of another, real hero, Alan Henning, the Taxi Driver from Eccles who felt compassion for the children of Syria, suffering  because of the war, he volunteered to take essential supplies to Syria . There he was captured by terrorists, held hostage and then murdered  Our hearts went out to his wife and family. Hundreds attended his funeral, the Bishop of Manchester called him a martyr.  A  memorial service was held for Alan, at the Islamic Centre, Manchester. A fund soon  raised  £50,000  to support his family and  the victims of war in Syria . Sunday 30th November is St Andrew’s day, Andrew had a hero, it was Jesus.  He gave up his job as a fisherman to be with Jesus. In the Gospels, Andrew is seen bringing others to meet Jesus. After Andrew discovered Jesus he brought  Simon his brother to meet him. When in the countryside Jesus fed a large crowd it was Andrew who brought to Jesus the lad with a lunch of loaves and fishes, who gave them to Jesus to be shared., When foreigners came wanting to meet Jesus, Andrew did the introductions.  Andrew began the work the Church, including all Christians, exists to do, which is to tell, in words and actions the story of Jesus, our hero, who when we meet with him, changes everything.    (Rev David Read, Methodist Minister retired)

 
 

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