The sermon was given by a guest speaker from Tools With A Mission (TWAM), Keith Holburn. St James's has collected a range of equipment over the years that TWAM has taken to the developing world, most recently nine sewing machines.
Lust is disordered sexual desire. But where does the order come from today? The Bible has a string of stories about irregular or abusive relationships but none of them end well. (See David and Bathsheba above - Cert PG). Despite popular opinion, Jesus taught very clearly about lust and the danger it leads to. On the other hand he spoke powerfully about purity ' Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.'
Over the centuries gluttony has been seen as the least serious of the deadly sins. However mastery of our eating and drinking habits remains as challenging as ever. The word 'sinful' is applied to desserts more than any behaviour or attitude. Hardly a week goes by without advice to 'eat more of this', or 'less of that.' Recently we have become more aware of the ecological cost of our consumption. The counterpoint to gluttony is courage under suffering.
Jesus said 'Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; someone's life does not consist in the abundance of their possessions.' Alongside a hunger for 'wealth acquisition'' Jesus speaks about mercy on both friends and enemies.
Being idle hardly seems a problem for most of us whether at work or retired! But the medieval sin of sloth really pinpoints a spiritual carelessness. That's the attitude that is summed by 'I can't be bothered.' Jesus offers a different approach: to hunger and thirst for righteousness.