Every Thursday there is a service of Holy Communion at 10.30am. It is usually interpreted into BSL on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Yesterday the Revd. Stuart Wright was unable to be there and so one of the church officials led a service of morning prayer. We had the parable of the Talents from Matthew 25:14-30. In the story the master goes on a long journey and entrusts a sum of money to each of his servants. One was given 5 talents, one had 2 talents and one had only 1 talent. Whilst the first two servants used their money to make more money, the third just hid it away. When the master returned he was pleased with the first two, but angry with the third. Why would this be?
Well, the church lady explained that sometimes when we are given something, we can spend more time worrying that it is not as much as what others have been given, that we never use the talent or skill we have. We look at others and are jealous that they have plenty. We look at our own gifts and think they are worthless, they have no value.
The parable reminds us that whatever gifts, talents or money we have, we need to use them to God’s glory. Do not spend your time thinking what others have and what you have not. Think instead about how much God has given you and use that to his glory.