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Community or Chapel?
The recent lectionary reading in Luke’s gospel said “No servant can serve two masters….you cannot serve both God and Money” (Luke 16: 13). At Representative Synod on 17 September 2016 we were given two presentations on Community Engagement. The first by Anna Ruddick of the “Liveability” organisation and the second by Nick Amis of “Cinnamon Network”. Both were extremely encouraging and made me think about churches and chapels in their localities and the work that is or isn’t being done. Let me share much of what Anna shared with us.
What is God all about? -
Faithfulness – isn’t time orientated. God isn’t in a hurry but we are. What is this all about? We seem to want to do everything now, put all sorts of issues right and so we lose focus. If we think about the big picture of God, it is about love, care, peace and faithfulness and all of this in everyday life and situations. We seem to get bogged down in minute details and correctness. Let us therefore, celebrate the small steps, the good things, invest time and effort in one group or activity. For example let us rejoice that worship has started at the new Fairway Chapel.
Us and them – God isn’t fussy as we are. We know that we are all made in God’s image, rejoice in this. But look at how you behave, are you narrow minded in your daily living, do you ‘class’ people according to your thoughts, ways and beliefs? God doesn’t do that, he doesn’t create an “Us and Them” position. Let us therefore draw other people out, include them and ask them to help, ask what they would like to do; let us work together.
Build community -
My heading at the top of this letter was a question "Community or chapel?" Our purpose is to be serving God, not money, not material things, but God in everything. He has placed us in the localities in which we live, that is where he wants us to serve him. Let us build Kingdom Communities, let us live the Fullness of Life together and may the prophetic role of the church be in a community of engagement.
With love and prayers, Lin
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