Steven Frayne is better known as Dynamo, Magician Impossible. The title is an appropriate
description, for he performs seemingly impossible feats before live audiences, such
as levitating, walking up the side of buildings and many more amazing stunts. In
June 2011, Dynamo walked on the surface of the River Thames in front of the Palace
of Westminster to the delight and astonishment of a large crowd. He was photographed
and videoed walking on water. Nobody, however, fell down and worshipped him, for
no matter how convincing his performance, everyone was aware it was some kind of
When Jesus walked on the surface of the lake, as we read in our reading from Matthew,
his friends in the boat were terrified, thinking they were seeing a ghost. We are
told that the boat had been battered by the waves and was far from land, but the
rough surface of the water didn't concern Jesus. He had spent the whole night on
the mountain saying his prayers, so perhaps it was this spiritual strength that gave
him superhuman powers.
But Peter was so bemused by the human side of Jesus' nature walking on the water
that he immediately challenged him. “If you can do it, so can I!” But his immature
behaviour was short lived, for, like any human being, Peter soon began to sink. When
he realised he was in danger of drowning he called out, “Lord save me!” When they
were safely in the boat, all the disciples began to worship Jesus, saying “Truly
you are the Son of God.”
It seems that Matthew's purpose in recording this story is to prove that Jesus was
not only the Son of God, but to confirm that he had divine qualities.
While it is true that the Church, with Jesus at the centre offers a place of stillness
and sanctuary in all the troubles that life presents to us, the boat should never
be static. The purpose of a boat is to get somewhere.
The disciples had to be active within the boat. If they had been curled up in the
hold, they would never have seen the inspiring sight of Jesus walking on the water.
If we wish to be inspired by Jesus, we need to be actively working on his behalf
in a dynamic boat rather than passively waiting for him to come to us.
often you act in ways we do not expect,
you speak in ways we do not always understand,
you come to us at times and in places we least imagine.
Teach us to be awake to your prompting,
and to respond whenever you call.
Teach us to listen to your voice,
to respond gladly, offering whatever you ask
whenever you need it,
to the glory of your name.
Canon Dave Sat. 8th August
Canon Dave’s Weekly Message
Although it was so good to be back in St. Peter's Church last Sunday for the first
time in five months, it was really quite strange. Only 30 people in church, no singing,
everyone wearing masks, no coffee at the end and everyone disappearing quickly after
the service. After saying all this, those who were there seemed to enjoy it. This
will probably be the pattern for many months – please don't forget to book your place!
I want to thank all those at St. Peter's and St. Anne's for their continuing financial
support over the past few months to the two churches, as bills still have to be paid.
Your generosity is very much appreciated.