Dear people of faith,
In the 9am SpiritLife worship yesterday we looked at The Message interpretation of the Hebrews passage. It begins thus…
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.
It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.”
We are part of this ancestry; we are called to be a people “distinguished ….. above the crowd”. This was a clear teaching at the Clergy Conference I have been on
this week – thank you for your support of me for this professional development. We experienced stimulating sessions with the Rev’d. Dr Samuel Wells, Vicar of St Martin’s in the Field, and academic; and Bishop Jo Wells, Bishop of Dorking and academic; an impressive married couple! Sam shared his reflection to the continuing question of parishes… “what are we here for?”
To model the Kingdom of God
To model a kingdom church in how we live together
To create a tangible, incarnate encounter with Christ that the society around us can become involved with.
We will continue to hold these things before us as we discern, this faith community, who we are and who we are called to be.
Enormous thanks to all those who worked tirelessly, and cheerfully, for the community fundraising event last weekend. May we continue to strengthen who we are through such things.