Be Part of God's Purpose

First published July 2018

The Reverend Ray Gibbs asks us to put our trust in God as St. Michael's Church becomes part of a wider group.

Once again we have to deal with that most difficult human emotion: change!  We begin July solely as St Michael’s Myland and end it, still St Michael’s, but a part of the North Colchester Family of Churches.  What does it all mean? 

A human body needs five vital ingredients to be ‘in-balance’, that is, to function properly and thrive.  The five requirements are air, water, food, sleep and exercise, and if we are denied these ingredients the body eventually dies: without oxygen - about 4 minutes; without water - around 100 hours; without sleep - about 250 hours; without food - about 1000 hours; without exercise - many years before it becomes life threatening.

A church needs five vital ingredients for it to function well.  It needs to proclaim the Good News of the kingdom, and then, to teach, baptise and nurture new believers; it needs to respond to human need by loving service, and next, to transform unjust structures of society; and finally it needs to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation.

Now, be honest, can St Michael’s really do that alone.  Look at yourself, how many of a church’s five ingredients are you actively involved in?  Together, 9 congregations have the gifts that God has blessed North Colchester with for the Church, the body of Christ, the people of God, to work it out together, and provide a future for not only each building, but congregation as well.

The trick, the way forward, being church, whatever you wish to call it, is to get a life balance.  The difficulty is that we are human, and we get it habitually wrong, so place your trust in God, pray, and have hope, for God is working his purpose out in this place, and you are part of it.  Be bold, be strong, for the Lord your God is with you. 

Be not afraid, be not dismayed, because you are walking in faith and victory, for the Lord your God is with you.


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