Monthly Reflection – September 2015
Dear all- Good Afternoon,
I am pleased to welcome two new members to our branch who have just received their welcome packs from C.P.A. HQ! We have another husband and wife team joining us- Owen and Kerry-Anne Cooper. Owen was recently appointed as our new chaplain for the Dacorum CSP so those of you who work over the West may see him around- Please make him feel welcome! Both Kerry-Anne and Owen are no strangers to the Policing world as they both do sterling work as Street Pastors in Hemel Hempstead town centre. I have had the great pleasure to work with them both over the last couple of years and they will be a great blessing to our branch- we are currently working with Kerry-Anne to try and secure some funds for the Liberty Tea Rooms- a project on going in the Hemel Hempstead area- that I am absolutely sure you will all be hearing more about in the near future!
Owen and Kerry-Anne welcome on board!
Stand up and show your colours!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
What a week! What a week! There have been massive highs for some and massive disappointments for others! The festival of Rugby that is the World Cup is finally underway with some matches that have been so exciting- Wales overcoming a ten point lead and numerous injuries to beat England and who can forget Japan beating South Africa in a match that went totally against the form book! With other matches going to form with some of the more minor Rugby nations meeting the likes of Australia and New Zealand. I have experienced some of these feelings in that I for reasons that are my own have always shouted for Wales when watching rugby- and I am not ashamed of supporting my team even though it can be very unpopular sometimes..! I didn’t manage to watch the England Wales match as I was at work but did manage to listen to it on BBC Five Live whilst completing paperwork…. It was a roller coaster ride with England taking control early on and Wales storming back into the match to snatch victory!! Also our very own Branch Deputy Andy who is an avid South African fan had to suffer some ‘light banter’ when they lost to Japan….
The thing is about supporting your team is that they are YOUR TEAM- Win, lose or Draw! I have not seen my friends who are England fans suddenly wearing Red shirts and singing ‘Bread of Heaven’ because England lost- that isn’t how things work! Andy has continued to shout for the Springboks and will be seeing them live twice even though they had a very bad result. There are supporters from all over the world joining us in England this year to support their team- from the biggest nation to the smallest they are proud to come and wear their countries colours no matter what the result or what the form book says about their chances of winning! One of the most inspiring sights you will see in sport is national teams singing their own countries national anthems- I always look on in wonder at the giants of world rugby almost in tears singing in front of thousands of people in the stadium and millions watching world wide- wearing their nations colours and representing their own people means so much to them and they really let us know by singing their hearts out!
As Christians we are all called to take the message of the gospel into the world-
The Great Commission
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28 16-20
We are called – All of us to Stand up and be counted for God! There have been in the build up to the Rugby world pictures of entire teams from the South Pacific nations kneeling and praying at the end of the match thanking God for the safety of players and giving God the glory for the team’s successes- now that is standing up and being counted for Christ! We must remember that in sacrificing himself on the Cross in our place for our sins and transgressions Christ gave everything!
We are not all called to be international sports stars that can be shown praying on national TV- However we have all been placed where we are by the Father and it is where we are now that we are called to stand up and be counted, showing our faith and belief in Christ! Just as the sports men and women sing their hearts out for the nation they represent we should be giving everything to stand up for Christ! So this month as you enjoy the Rugby World Cup and see all of the players and supporters giving their all for their nation I want to encourage you all to not be ashamed of the Gospel and give it everything for him!