"The Beacon reflects Christ's light, shares God's love and serves the community."

 

BEACON BLOG

 

Thoughts we have shared:

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Looking back and looking forward

 

We have just celebrated our Church Anniversary. It was 18 years ago (2003) that The Beacon Church was formed by three churches coming together, St Columba United Reformed Church, London Road Methodist Church and Tower Hamlets Methodist Church. They all, of course, had much longer histories and they all hold many memories for us, both happy and sad.

 

Our Minister, Catherine, led our anniversary service and while acknowledging that we need to look back and recall what has happened and remember all those who were involved with the churches and guided us to this point, we also need to look forward and realise that we will face more challenges and change in the years to come.

 

The past year, of course, has been very challenging, but through it all God has remained with us.

 

We had cakes to celebrate our anniversary (of course!) and Catherine took one of the cakes, and talked about all the ingredients, and the fact that if one of those ingredients was missing, the cake would not be the same. And so it is with the Church - we are all individual ingredients and we are all needed to be part of God's family. God loves every one of us - we are all precious to Him.

 

Then it was time to light a candle on the cake, talk about the challenges we had faced, and then blow the candle out - except it lit itself again. Another blow - apparently out, but no, it re-ignited. And again and again. A reminder that despite all the challenges and difficulties we face, God is always with us - He will not be extinguished. The light of Christ - signified in the name of our church, The Beacon - continues to shine despite all the difficult times and changes we experience.

 

And the service marked another milestone too - quite spontaneously the congregation stood up to sing, the first time we had done this since we resumed our services in July. The singing was stronger (though not too strong, of course) and we felt re-affirmed in our faith. "Lord for the years ..."

 

Taking all the covid restrictions and guidelines into place, after the service we all enjoyed tea or coffee and cake! An inspiring celebration of another year in the life of our church and our previous churches. 

 

The Beacon shines on!

 

1 Peter 2:4-6 and 9:


The living Stone and a chosen people


4  As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him –

5  you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable
to God through Jesus Christ.

6  For in Scripture it says:
‘See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.’
9  For you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

 

Luke 12:6-7

 

6  Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten
by God. 7  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid;
you are worth more than many sparrows.