Go on. Lead with a yes. Trust people. Encourage people. Nurture the best in everyone you come across. Believe that everyone wants to make a difference in the world. Every believer is a potential church planter. Everyone is a minister and a missionary. The first twelve disciples were not the dream team. They were far from ideal. It wasn’t a professional show, it wasn't passing. It was a never-ending movement. It remains an invitation. So what is your part......?
today and everyday matters. Today found me team-teaching as part of a worship series. It's asked lots of me, and stirred up one of the better facebook threads. There's lots that I found, asked and re-affirmed as I prepared this talk. I'll post the audio, asap. Or as A. W. Tozer said it, "Without worship, we go about miserable." Here's a prayer I scribbled in my journal in the preparation. "Lord, I haven't really considered how much I treasure things (yes go on:-name them!) and how it has divided my loyalty to you and caused me to often be at work against you rather than with you. Please continue to help me see [...]
Loving God, thank you for calling us at baptism to be your people and for inviting each of us to serve you through the gift of our lives. In response to your call we again say, “Yes.” Keep us faithful to your mission and our vocation. And, gracious Lord, we ask that you inspire more women and men of faith and compassion to ministry, service, and leadership. Fill them with your Spirit of wisdom and grace to proclaim the Good News, to bring peace and hope into their situations, and to witness your presence among us. May those who are [...]
Here's some of what today taught me. From early morning reading by John Piper in Taste and See, ".....That God is love unleashes the impulse of simplicity, and that God is God unleashes the impulse of complexity." Vestments were a warm addage to our Book of Common Prayer, Communion! Preaching Luke 19, in Trinity 10.....broke me afresh with the concept of 'eido.' Not looking casually but looking deeply: seeing as Jesus saw. Breakfast conversational goodness with some of this congregation, again so full of life and faith. In our second service, the reminder of the key metaphors used by Jesus [...]
Consider the fruitfulness of the movement that Jesus initiated more than 2,000 years ago. It was grueling and physical. He was no ivory tower intellectual, dispensing wisdom from a safe distance. He was right in the mess of our struggles. Fully present in the beautiful fragility of our humanity. He taught people, fed, touched and healed people. He loved without measure. He granted hope for all who struggled. I consider it the highest honour to be a part of what that Jesus started. You're invited too. We worship Jesus as Lord and King, and we're also called to do what He did.
What would make a Father give his Son to a band of thieves and bandits to have their way with him? Love What would make a man give up a good name for ignorant ridicule and scoffing? Love What would make a mother bring her child into a world through scandalous appearances? Love What would make a man give up his limitless freedom for vulnerability and pain? Love Why does a man give up position to serve the fragile and the marginalised? Love What makes an individual give themselves to serve those who will never understand nor repay their efforts? [...]
.....full of simplicity, power and truth......sent my way, by a dear friend. God our Father In the name of Christ And in the Power of the Spirit We commit ourselves To you and one another To work, learn and pray As one body in Christ; To do nothing apart Which we can do together To serve your purposes.
"I love our church and never will I depart from it. I've been frustrated by the structures of the church, angered sometimes by her policies and sometimes uninspired by her worship. And in spite of that, I live her, because through her, because through her the living God has made himself known to me! I know her, because her way of doing theology appeals to me, I love her, in spite of her deficiencies for no church is perfect or infallible. She is my home and I will gladly die in her." Former Archbishop, George Carey Conference Talk, Harrogate, September [...]
There was anticipation and cynicism on a collision course. During the worlds visit to our capital, I served more from our church nave, welcomed, listened, prayed & accompanied people.....and yes wore clerical shirts more than ever! Here's just a few things that caught my attention in this less-than-ordinary season. The teenagers lighting an outer layer of copper petals, folding inward like a venus flytrap, igniting the cauldron in a primal blaze.....see these great images Doing bar-hospitality at the Colin O'Brien photographic launch in our crypt. Saying hello to Usain Bolt at the Jamaican press conference at Truman Brewery around the [...]