Dear Fr. Simon,
Thank you for this sermon, which provides us all with much hope and inspiration.
Churchill once said 'We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow worm'. That, I suspect, was said in a spirit of hubris, but if we approach it in the spirit of your sermon, it would provide something at which to aim.
It sometimes occurs to me that we can complicate things too much, and your words pick a way through the thickets for us. If we walk in His way, if we obey His commandments, and if we love one another as He loves us, then our little light can flicker in the darkness; if we all light our candle, then the darkness is further diminished.
One of the things that has struck me about the BOC is that it is so good at conveying the deep simplicity of the Faith; love the Lord Our God, love one another, keep the commandments; there is such depth in these things that a lifetime spent in study would scarcely suffice to get far below the surface. But there is a radical simplicity in the Christian life and in prayer that we can all come to it and grow in Him.
I am grateful to the British Orthodox Church for providing a place where someone who is English can come and discover the fullness of the Orthodox Faith in an ethos which is welcoming and, if I may use the word, homely.
I would encourage any of the Fellowship here who have been thinking about converting to pray for guidance; what I have found has been so wonderful.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)