Tuesday 18 December, 2018

WATCH: Stop worshipping God for convenience, warns Reverend

Reverend Jillian Crowford, Rector at the St Mary's Anglican Church, delivers her message.

Reverend Jillian Crowford, Rector at the St Mary's Anglican Church, delivers her message.

Christians in Barbados must start worshipping God wholeheartedly and not just when it is convenient to them. 

That was the message from Reverend Jillian Crowford, Rector at the St Mary's Anglican Church.

She was speaking as the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) commenced its 10th Aniversary celebrations last Sunday with a church service.

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She told staff of the CDF gathered at the church and the wider congregation by extension, that while they should ask God for blessings in their personal and professional life, they should be prepared to give of their best in all they do:

"As we receive God's best, we must be prepared to offer our best in exchange."  

She lamented that many churchgoers are willing to dedicate their time and effort to further their lives, but are very rigid when it relates to church and things of God:

"People believe they can give the best to the world and when we come to God we think any old thing can do. 

"The same way that we give so much for money and our paychecks, we must be willing to give our best to God. People want church to finish quickly, but will wait two hours before events that are for many hours."

Stressing that in times of danger and trouble, "the first thing you are going to say is 'Lord have mercy on me' or 'Lord help me' and that is the same Lord we worship halfheartedly," Reverend Crowford urged those gathered to truly put God first in their daily lives.

There was also a powerful message from the youth of the church, who highlighted the importance of persons of all ages working together for the institution to truly progress. 

Janae Jordan and Leanne Alleyne delivered that special Presentation from the Youth of the Parish, during which they stressed the significance of multigeneration collaboration within the church:

"The junior and senior church must work together as a team," Ms Jordan noted. 

A point which was reiterated by Ms Alleyne, who reminded senior members that "we the young people must feel like part of the church."

The CARICOM Development Fund celebrates 10 years

Chief Executive Officer of the CDF Rodinald Sommer, thanked the "staff of the CDF who contributed and participated in various ways in enabling the successful conduct of the service", as he also "paused for a moment to remember our dearly departed Director of Corporate Planning" who died just over a year ago. 

He later paid tribute to that Director by lighting a candle in remembrance of her. 

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