‘Happy New Year’! Yes, the Methodist Connexional Year on 1st September and what an exhilarating September it’s been so far, beginning with the rapturous welcome service for our new Superintendent, the Revd Richard Grocott and his family. I hope those who were there will agree that it was an uplifting service!
For me, the excitement continued with an inspired Representative Synod on Saturday, 15th September 2018, with opening worship led by the Wimbledon Circuit. Well…., some may say it was risky as tennis balls were flung around the room but, for me, that was the excitement and the risky business of Christianity in a fast changing world.
The key note presentation on ‘Our Calling: A Methodist way of life’ was inspirational and informative and I thought this will be a good opportunity to remind/refresh ourselves of how the people called Methodists are to live through their calling. ‘A Methodist Way of Life’, is a consultation report developed by the Revd Dr Roger Walton, past President of the Methodist Conference, in which he states that ‘living a Methodist way of life’ is not something to be done in isolation. It adds ‘as we live as disciples of Christ, we are encouraged to seek ways which offer each other the opportunity to be a people who seek to be nurtured and supported as we go deeper’.
The main areas of a Methodist Way of Life, lived ‘through our calling’ could include the following:
As far as we are able:
We will pray daily
We will worship regularly
We will look and listen for God each day
LEARNING AND CARING
We will seek to learn more of God and God’s world
We will practice friendship and care for others and for ourselves
We will honour creation and tend the environment
We will practice hospitality and generosity
We will be good neighbours to those in need We will challenge injustice We will seek the common good
We will witness to the love of God in Jesus We will speak of the faith to others We will help each other be better disciples
At Anerley, we are trying to model some aspects of this way of life but there is always room for more! And so, it is my prayer that we will continue to seek more opportunities to deepen our faith, starting with the Autumn Bible Studies, commencing on 1st October. I hope to see many of you during this time of fellowship and learning.
For now, we thank the Lord for the past year, and pray that He may continue to bless us, and bless us Kindly in all that we do.
Sanctify us, Lord, and bless,
Breathe thy Spirit, give thy peace;
Thou thyself within us move,
Make our feast a feast of love.
Charles Wesley (1707-88)
Revd Abe Konadu-Yiadom