Sunday, 12 January 2014

Welcome to Joe Dawson

Today was the preacher exchange, when each of the Oadby ministers was preaching in a different church from their own. We were due to have the priest from the Catholic Church, but as he is on leave, we welcomed Joe Dawson, a Permanent Deacon at St Thomas Moore Church, Knighton to our All Age service.

Colin Chettle, who led the service, interviewed Mr Dawson, who explained the role of a Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church as being one of service and pastoral care as well as assisting in the liturgy and preaching.

 In his talk, relating to our reading of Jesus being baptised by John, Joe centred on the words of God “this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” He suggested that as each Christian had been baptised by someone else who had been baptised – right back to Jesus, these promises ultimately came to us, too. They are a reminder that God loves each of us and values us. And this knowledge of God’s love is something that we should go out and share with others. 

Thank you, Joe. We enjoyed having you with us and look forward to seeing you again.