The Inside Column 10/6

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jun 11, 2018 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

This week we continue our series hooking into 1 Corinthians. I don’t know about you but I find Paul’s letters to the early church deeply challenging. It’s incredible to think a letter written by a humble apostle well over a thousand years ago could still be so relevant for a new generation of audience today and have the impact that it does within the church as we meditate on its message.

One of the things I love about Paul is that although he has to deal with some pretty serious pastoral issues with a church that’s struggling to be holy – he refuses to give up on them and instead keeps encouraging them to be all that they can be in the Lord. He has such a heart for the church, which is Jesus’ church, and his desire to see the Corinthians functioning as the body of Christ shines through amidst the rebukes and at times stern ‘This is how it is’ moments.

This month I’m involved in leading a regional worship team conference called ‘Glorify’ with the Nelson Worship Collective. At its heart, this is an event aimed at gathering together the wider body of worshipping musos as one for a weekend of encouragement, excelling in our gifts and encountering God. It’s exciting to see how God is stirring the worship leaders in Nelson / Tasman to network more closely and collaborate more and a privilege for me to be a part of the collective. At this year’s conference one of our previous St Barnabas worship leaders Paul Devine will be speaking and leading ministry which will be great.

The Ambient, our bi-monthly night of worship, is happening on Sunday 1 July at 7.30pm which will cap off a great weekend after Glorify. If you’re hungry and thirsty for God’s presence, I encourage you to join us – we’ll make sure the church is warm!

In my role as Curate this month I’ve take the initiative to be involved more at Summerset and they have agreed for St Barnabas to provide pastoral care to the Care centre, residents and staff over the winter months. We have a number of St Barnabas people who call Summerset home so if this is you make sure you look out for me on Wednesday afternoons. If you’d like a visit yourself you’re most welcome to fill out a care card located in the reception and Care Centre foyers :)
Luke

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