Dear Friends,

Family Pancake Praise was a great Event, held on Saturday February 10th, just before Shrove Tuesday and the beginning of Lent. 234 pancakes were consumed by the 90 people who attended and a further 50 at our Evening Service the next day.

As I reflect on the event, a combination of social and spiritual activity, the Godly Play, Worship, Teaching and Eating Together, I believe that the Spirit of God is leading us to do more of this, in additional to our Sunday and Midweek Services and Activities.  Too often I hear people saying we don’t have many young people and this is a reflection of Sunday Services, whereas in fact, we are blessed with lots of children, teenagers and families all through the week.  We need to celebrate this, face the challenges of a changing society and in particular, the use of Sunday and exercise Godly Creativity in the life of our church.

The passages in Luke 3 and 4, that we looked at in both our Pre-Lent Services, speak to us about the Holy Spirit.

THE SPIRIT’S COMING IN RESPONSE TO PRAYER: Luke tells us that the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus in the form of a Dove as he was Praying after his Baptism. The Father voiced His Blessing.

THE SPIRIT’S LEADING INTO PLACES OF CHALLENGE AND CONFIRMATION: It was the Spirit who led Jesus into the Wilderness for His Time of Fasting. Testing and the Temptations that came from the Devil. Unique as the temptations were to Jesus, we are reminded in the Book of Hebrews that he was tempted in every way that we are, but without sin!

THE SPIRIT’S INSPIRING OF SCRIPTURE AND ANOINTING PREACHING: Jesus publicly read the Scriptures, something that was to be practice of the Early Church, as Paul in particular encouraged Timothy, a young minister, to do so. The anointing was not literally with oil, which is sometimes used as a symbol of the Spirit. Jesus’ anointing to preach was a fulfilment of Isaiah 6, that he was reading and the whole of the Old Testament. The reaction of many in Nazareth was not positive.

The importance for us is that we must be faithful to Scripture and open to the Holy Spirit, to be prayerful and ready to face the challenges that the Spirit leads us into.

Your Friend and Pastor,

Anthony Orr

Leamington Spa Baptist Church
Tel: 01926 336650 or email us