David Greenfield writes
Recently, I attended a production of Aladdin at the theatre. During the show, Aladdin and the Princess are taken in a ride on a magic carpet in the night sky. As they look around, they sing about being in “a whole new world” and declare, “I can't go back to where I used to be”. As Christians, we are called to look at the world and its values in a new way. We are part of God’s new world order, described in the gospels as the kingdom of God. God has a plan to renew this world and we all have a part to play. As our motto verse for the year says, we are called to forget what is behind and strain towards what is ahead (Philippians 3:13). As we look back with positive memories of Helen and Graham’s ministry amongst us and rightly remember lessons we have learned during that time, we should also realise that as the song says, “I can’t go back to where I used to be”. God wants us to move on with him and with each other.
To help us, our focus at our services for the next few months will be on being people of faith in today’s world. In the mornings we will look at what we can learn from the life of the early Christian churches in the book of Acts and what made these churches grow. At our morning communion services we will think about the “I am” sayings of Jesus, as our focus also needs to be on him. In the evenings we will consider what Jesus says in Matthew 5-7 and how our faith can shine as light in our world. At our café style service on 9th September, an outside speaker led us in thinking about how we could communicate our faith confidently. My prayer is that we will continue meeting together regularly and encourage each other as we do.