We often hear people bemoan that the Church is dying. Is it? Or is it looking differently to how it was? And is that okay?
By Bronte Wilson, Moderator
Posted in Faith
On this coming Sunday we celebrate the day of Pentecost. Our remembering of the time the Holy Spirit came upon the believers in Jerusalem, empowering them to become witnesses, to Judea, to Samaria, teaching others to know that the knowledge of the good news of Christ, of the kingdom of God, will be passed down through the generations. All the way to us. Not for us to keep it to ourselves, but for us to share with…..the people next door and down the street, across the town, the state, the country….to the ends of the earth.
We are charged with the same task as those first disciples. Because we know God’s love and grace, it is our great desire to share it with others.
In who we are, in what we say, in what we do, we witness God’s love to those around us.
We are disciples, learners of the way of Christ. And we are apostles, messengers, evangelists, who tell and show and live the Way.
In prayer and discernment we seek God’s will for us, individually and as a church.
And we look to join in with God’s mission of love, to be in harmony with God’s desire for relationship, peace, community and justice for all creation – the good news of the kingdom of God that Jesus taught and preached and lived. That message of connection; connection with God, connection with each other and connection with our community.
For Jesus commanded us to love God and love those around us – our neighbours. Not just those who join us in church on Sunday, but the marginalised, the sinners and the lost, while recognising that we ourselves are outcasts, sinners, marginalised and lost.
In the power of the Spirit we are sent in mission to bring hope to all those around us, we affirm the continuing presence of Christ in our midst.
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