The Inside Column 17/2

Posted in: The Inside Column- Feb 17, 2013 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

Today we welcome Bishop Richard, who will be preaching and leading communion. Can I encourage us all to keep Bishop Richard in our prayers, as he is one of the leading evangelicals in the wider Anglican Church in New Zealand, and is at the front line of all the politics and decisions that affect as us a Church and a diocese. I know that Bishop Richard’s heart and longing is to see the Church become all that Christ intended. Here is an extract from his column in the latest Ad Clerum:

Over the last few Synods I have referred to the need to be thinking missionally when it comes to the life and ministry of the Church. I am more convinced than ever of the need to make the transition from models of ministry that are focussed on maintaining the church as we have inherited it, to models that are focussed on the Mission of God. Throughout the Diocese, parishes are taking the challenge seriously and are trying out new ideas and new ministries. It’s quite exciting to watch.

Let us also take up the challenge of how we can think more missionally as a church and as individuals and let’s continue to pray and support our Bishop. Some of you have asked for the quote from Nicky Gumbel used in my sermon last week…

Your thoughts become your actions,

Your actions become your habits,

Your habits become your character,

And your character becomes your life.

With this in mind, the six weeks leading up to Easter Sunday, the season of Lent, started on Wednesday 13 February (Ash Wednesday). Christians around the world, from many different theological traditions, observe Lent in a variety of ways. Some commit to daily Scripture meditation, devotional reading, or regular prayer. One common practice during Lent is to “give up” something we take for granted as an act of self denial and as a way to centre our priorities around Jesus Christ. Taking part in one of these disciplines is a great way for us to start the year, and to focus our thoughts on Christ.

Next week myself and part of the staff team (Jonathan, Victoria, Marianne) will be away from Monday until Wednesday at the Deanery Retreat up at the lake. David will still be in the office so if you have any needs you can call him.

Have a great week

Yours in Christ

Philip

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