The Lord’s heart for St John’s

John HughesProphetic word for wounded church!

During John’s sermons at morning services on 31st January 2016, he shared a picture that he had recently been given, which resonated with many people at St John’s.

It’s history is one of commitment to the word of God and the Spirit. It has been a place of encouragement and love, where the weary are refreshed, where the discouraged have been brought encouragement and a new lease of life.

A church that has reached out to its community in mission and service. It has a long ministry to children and young people. It has sent out many into ministry and the mission field – He loves that about the church. He loves the faithfulness of the folk here and those who have given out over so many years.

The Lord gave a picture of a field. It was producing a crop, but it was as if the workers/tenants had settled for little fruit when there was the potential for much more. I thought this might have to do with a conflict over who owned and farmed the land. It was as if the land had heard and had itself become less fruitful, given the acidic nature of the dispute.

Then he showed me manure – the ‘waste’ and reminded me that this was and is used to re-fertilise land that is exhausted.

He then showed me a pile of ash. This is what is left once a fire has gone out. I was puzzled and asked what this meant?

He then said, ‘nothing is ever wasted. Not the manure, not the ash.’ Not only can he use it, but in the case of St John’s it is the very things that are considered past and gone – manure and ash, that he wants to use to bring the field back to health. The manure to fertilise the land so that it can become fruitful, and the ash- which I took as pain – to neutralise the acid, which was the acidic nature of what had been said in the past decade. Left untouched the acid will eventually kill off much of the life that is left, and so the ash is necessary. By that I sensed the Lord saying, bring the manure and the ash – the pain and the disappointment, the broken relationships, and let the Lord redeem them and use them.

Then he showed me a man using a plough – he said, it’s time to break up the hard ground.

He loves this church and want to bring it back to its full measure which is far greater than we can imagine.

TreeThe final thing he showed me as a result of the ploughing and the manure was a tree – an oak that was flourishing again, covered in leaves and teeming with nests for birds.

It was as if the tree began to sing again.

This is God’s purpose and desire which he is calling us to rise up into.


You can listen to the podcast of John’s whole sermon here





9th Feb 2016 Posted in: Hidden Posts by Stella Jennings 0

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