Message from Kate taken from the service prepared to be used nationally by The Methodist Church for this Sunday. Ruth 4:13 – 16 New International Version – UK (NIVUK) Naomi gains a son 13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 The women said to Naomi: ‘ Praise be to the L ORD , who this day has not left you without a guardian – redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter – in – law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth. ’ 16 Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. Time to Reflect Ruth was a wise and capable woman concerned with surviving as a foreigner in a strange land. She put the needs of her family before herself and was rewarded by the love of her daughter – in – law Naomi ’ s loyalty and love. Together they made a new life for themselves. The pathway not always easy, but faith in God and a focus on a loving relationship sustained them until a fruitful end is seen when Ruth is accepted by the community in Bethlehem, Naomi ’ s needs are met, Land is restored, a daughter secured and she received another son Obed who is seen as a sign of restoration for all that has been lost. For many of us going through these strange times, we two can feel lost, confused, some feel displaced that the land we thought was ours now ’ s feels foreign to us perhaps even unsafe for some. The story of Ruth is a reminder that whatever difficult time we may face that through the Amazing, transforming Grace of God made closer to us through the sacrificial giving of his Son on the cross we will see restoration. It may not be in the familiar land which we started off in, it may look and feel very different but it is still our home and God made real through Christ empowered by the Holy Spirit will walk the land with us – that is his Amazing, transforming Grace.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me I once was lost,
but now am found Was blind but now I see
………………. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDdvReNKKuk Songwriters: John Newton
Amazing Grace lyrics © i2i Musikproduktions – und Musikverlagsgesellschaft mbH CCL 122217
And a more modern Version :-
Blessing – May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore, Amen.