Already, only eleven months to Christmas!
As a church, we had a sad ending to last year and a sad start to this year, with the losses of Sylvia, Vivien and May and their subsequent funerals. However, we can be joyful in that they are now in a good place, with our Lord.
This is a new year and we must not look back, we have memories yes, but we must look forward in anticipation of what this year is going to bring us, and the opportunities which will open up during it. With continued growth of Messy Church and Springers, together with our new monthly afternoon film show and tea. In all these ways, we are providing a service to the community across all age groups and it gives us the opportunity to gently introduce Jesus into people’s lives, or in some cases, it can be a reminder to those who may have lapsed their faith in the Lord. There is also the exciting prospect of employing a Youth Worker, with all that may bring. We must remain vigilant, and take advantage of all the chances which God gives us to act as disciples.
The number of children coming to church is very encouraging, especially the way in which they are responding and coming forward with their own suggestions, for example, the car clean for Oasis, the cake sale for Toybox and they would also like to do litter pick. They are showing God’s love and reaching out to those in need, and doing what they can to help.
Our church is well known for the financial sums we give away to provide help where it is needed, and these, along with those things I mentioned above, are all ways in which we can show God’s love. However, there are two (only two??!!) things we must remember:
a. It is right to do all the above, but we do have to do it in the ‘right spirit’ otherwise, as it says in Isaiah 64:6, ‘and all our righteous deeds were like a filthy rag’.
b. We are all commanded in Jesus’ ‘great commission’, Matthew 28:18/19, ‘18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”’. We must also remember that it is our duty, as Christians, to fulfil this instruction.
I trust that we all will have a good and successful year ahead both in our own lives and in doing the work God gives us to do.
Blessings to you all.