The first week of June will be a busy one at Christ Church. We will be marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day with two services. On Tuesday 4th June (7.00pm) we will hold a service that will echo the Eve of Battle Dedication Service held in the church on 4th June 1944. We will sing the same hymns, use the same prayers, and remember. This will be followed on the morning of Sunday 9th June with our annual D-Day parade service.
In between those two services there will be major events happening on Southsea Common, with some significant people visiting. It is important to remember the past and to honour those who paid their part in it, many of whom gave their lives in the service of their nation. At Christ Church we will acknowledge those who came to entrust their mission to God and to seek his favour. Our history reminds us that we can always seek God’s guidance and blessing, no matter how desperate the situations we face.
At the same time we will be supporting ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, the initiative from the Archbishops to encourage Christians to pray for others to discover the love of God for themselves. Locally this will culminate with a prayer picnic at Portchester Castle on the afternoon of Sunday 9th June.
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ helps us to remember why the church exists.
The church exists to give glory to God. That’s what we’re trying to do when we hold our services. That’s why we sing our songs of worship. But also, those of us who call ourselves Christians should be trying to honour God in the choices we make in our lives.
The church exists to support one another in the journey of faith. We do that by sharing our worship together, by praying for one another, by reading the Bible together and by looking out for one another’s practical needs.
The church exists to present God’s love to those who do not see themselves as part of the church. Again we do that in practical care. We also do that by telling others about the love of God and, as suggested by ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, by praying for them.
So that’s what we’ll be about in the first week of this month. Remembering and praying, because God loves and we care.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
Revd Andy Wilson
Vicar, Christ Church Portsdown
Priest-in-Charge, St John the Baptist Purbrook
Curate, Church of the Good Shepherd Crookhorn
Chaplain, Havant & Waterlooville FC