In our Gospel reading today Jesus speaks hopeful words to Nathaniel: “You will see greater things than these”. And a wonderful promise, “You will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man”. Tradition has it that Nathaniel was much older than Jesus and the other disciples, yet Nathaniel is told to look forward in hope, and to expect to see great things.
As a Church Council we made the difficult decision this week to close the Church for acts of worship and private prayer. It may feel that this makes it harder to look to the future in hope. We will review this decision at a PCC meeting later this month. For the time being these virtual services continue to be our main way of being Church, Sunday by Sunday. Although we can’t pray in Church we can still pray together, so watch this space for some zoom invitations in the weeks ahead.
Nathaniel wasn’t a spring chicken when he was called by Jesus but Jesus encouraged him to keep looking forward towards a hope-filled future and, as Jonathan says in his sermon today, to walk in the light of that hope. A prayer based on our Gospel reading today:
Lord, thank you for the promise you made to Nathaniel, that he would see great things in the future. For us when the immediate future looks bleak and precarious help us to see beyond that and to claim that promise for ourselves, that a future spent with you is one full of promise, full of potential, full of hope. Amen.
Virtual Service 17 January