Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I write with disbelief of how quickly time has passed since arriving with Matthew last year. Much has happened; it has been both an interesting and varied year! I’d like to begin by thanking everyone who has made it possible for my survival in the last year with prayers and counsel as well as pastoral support, not forgetting your generosity in the provision of cakes and food at Church and to the Manse! It has been a privilege and humbling experience thus far, to meet some of you, to listen and discern through our vision exercise, as well as share some of your personal stories during pastoral visits and after services.
It has also been a pleasure to welcome new members to our Church but having listened too, and observed a church surrounded by a large community, I believe that we must pray harder and seek more focussed and visible presence to our neighbours and surrounding communities.
But just as evangelism is a prerequisite to discipleship and ministry, so also must our call to practice fellowship. As members of God’s family, we are continuously being given new brothers and sisters in Christ for eternity. As believers, we also share a bond of fellowship, in Christ, that is unique and distinguishes our relationships from any other group in the world. The early church experienced fellowship and witnessed what could happen when the kingdom principle of fellowship is practiced well “then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls”. (Acts 2:41)
So where next… [Read more…] about June 2018