Well, folks, the end is nigh! After ten years being the Methodist Minister in the valley, and living in Hathersage, my time is almost up. And thank you to all those kind people who have said they will miss me!
It has been a privilege to be able to speak of Jesus to so many people over these years, not just in church, but in the school, well blessings, crib blessings etc. as well. It was good to round off my ministry here with one last big opportunity to witness to Jesus when Dave Scott-Morgan, a former member of pop group ELO came to perform and tell of his faith, on 29th June, and to take the service on 30th June. My wife, Amanda, and I had the privilege of hosting Dave, his wife, Mandy, Alan the keyboard player, and Karl who had come to offer prayer support, and what lovely folks they turned out to be. Thanks also to Trevor and Helen Bendrien who provided the stage and filled in, in between concerts. They worked incredibly hard. And thanks to all who helped in the preparations and on the actual day, including those who supplied the audience with drinks on such a hot day!
The Bible tells us how on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down in power on those who had come to believe that Jesus was the Son of God. Wonderful things resulted, 3000 being converted that day, and a whole new loving, godly community started.
Before the Holy Spirit was given, Jesus was on the outside of them. They may have followed him, listened to him, admired him, even believed him to be the Son of God. But they were still trying to do all this in their own strength. At Pentecost, Jesus filled them with his Holy Spirit. Suddenly they could live in his power and his strength, and with his love in their hearts.
Is Jesus still outside of you? Are you trying to keep just a little distance? Are you trying to reach him by ceremony and religious act? Or have you decided that actually, yes, I believe in you Jesus, I trust you, please come into my heart, forgive my sins and make me into the person you planned me to be? My prayer is that each one who has ever heard me speak of Jesus or read anything I have written over these last ten years will one day do exactly that. Don’t get to Judgement Day and wish you had. Jesus loves you now, the Bible speaks of him knocking on your door. Open that door of your heart and let him in. God bless you, Rev. Richard Towle