St Judes Church, Southsea holds sunday funday
By Rev Mike Duff, vicar, St Jude's Church, Southsea Â Â
WeÂ all have heroes '“ those people who we look up to, and would like to be like.Â
For you, it might be a particular celebrity whose style you admire, a Pompey footballerÂ whose skillsÂ you'd like to have, or a Youtube blogger who seems to think like you do.
I've had teenage children, so I know that for many young people, it's the latest boy band or indieÂ band who become their heroes. They may pin up posters in their bedroom orÂ follow them on Twitter or Instagram, and check what they're up to.
We're looking atÂ heroes in our latest Funday Sunday event, from 10.30am this Sunday at St Jude'sÂ Church, Southsea. As usual, we'll offer you bacon baps, pastries and real coffee. Children canÂ play Wii games or table football,Â do arts and crafts while you catch up on the Sunday papers.
Then we'll have our half-hour presentation, which includes an exclusive performance by Southsea'sÂ newest boy band.Â They'll unveil their latest dance routine on our stage, to help us think about theÂ phenomenon of having heroes and how we choose to worship them.
You won't be surprised to hear that my hero is Jesus '“ someone who is utterly special to me and toÂ many millions of other people across the world. Someone who lived a perfect life, performedÂ miracles, taught us an amazing amount '“ and then took the blame for all the wrong things we do,Â when he died in place of us. Then, incredibly, he came back to life three days later, proving he wasÂ God in human form '“ and that there is life beyond death.
How we worship Jesus '“ by following in his footsteps, singing about him and examining every detailÂ of his life '“ isn't that different from how we follow our earthly heroes. Singing on the terraces ofÂ Fratton Park isn't that different from singing in a church congregation.
The big difference I see is that our earthly heroes inevitably let us down at some point '“ the boyÂ band breaks up, the footballer misses an open goal, or the golden celebrity couple gets divorced.
ButÂ Jesus doesn't let us down '“ not ever.
If you come along on Sunday, we'll tell you why we think that.Â