I wonder if you’ve had a chance to look over the draft Mission Action Plan yet?
If I could sum up the whole proposed plan with a few Bible readings – it would be those I’ve chosen for this Sunday.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
… and Colossians 4:2-6.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
In these brief passages we can see glimpses of our mission, vision, and the 6 pillars highlighted in our proposed “MAP”; Worship, Discipleship, Mission, Service, Fellowship, and I might be pushing it, but I’ll add in ‘Governance’.
It is my desire that we have Christ and His word at the centre of all we do and say.
I hope you will join us this Sunday at 9:30am for worship where I will bring a brief message on the above passages. Then, following our service… after a “wee-short-break!”, we will present the proposed MAP outline before enjoying a lovely time of fellowship and further sharing over morning tea.
I’m delighted to say our youngest member has offered to make our cake for morning tea this week! And I’ll be delighted to bring along some light savory snacks to sustain us over an extended morning together.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday,
God be with you,