The Inside Column 1/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Apr 01, 2012 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

Today we look at the Spiritual Discipline of Celebration. This discipline is at the heart of the Christian faith. When Jesus was born the angels said “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people, today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Good news of great joy for all people.” Some of Jesus last words spoken to his disciples were “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete”.

How many of us live our lives in complete joy? Although this discipline might sound a bit strange, we can celebrate the goodness, love, truth and grace of the living God in our lives.

Speaking of celebration… today we celebrate with Edrick and his family and their eight years of ministry at St Barnabas. Many things have changed in Edrick’s time and although change is never easy, we are all called to be continually transformed into the image of Christ. I believe this is something that Edrick has challenged us all to do. It is through the many opportunities that he has freely given to me, that have enabled me to grow in ministry. Edrick has always been open to the many ideas and dreams that I have gone to him with, and has always encouraged me to ‘give it a go!’ Edrick has always believed in me, and I thank him for his support, and pray that whatever the future holds that God’s blessing will be with him, Clare and the family.

The annual Banquet in the Garden to raise funds for Bright Hope (donated to Rahab Ministries) raised an incredible $4600! What an amazing job the women of the 10.00am Monday House Group did, and we look forward to next year’s event.

Remember the Easter services as we celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ this week. Good Friday 10.00am combined service and the shared breakfast between Services on Easter Sunday.

May God bless you all as we come to the cross this Easter.

Yours in Christ Phil

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