Message from our MinisterFebruary 17, 2016
We are the family of God in this place, in this parish. God Himself has called us together and called us to serve together, to make disciples of all and to baptise them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We journey together now, but need to acknowledge that our pasts are different. God has brought us together here in this place and at this time, but the truth is that while our different journeys have all converged here, we “have not passed this way before.” (Joshua 3:4)
Our selection to be one of the pilot congregations for Path of Renewal sends us on a journey together to be His church family in this place, to connect with the people of the parish and to share God, His love, grace and mercy with them. God will transform us through renewal into discipleship, enabling us “to discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) Our journey will take us to places not seen or known but we will not be alone or without guidance.
In Joshua, the people are told, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place, follow it, so that you may know the way you should go, for you have not passed this way before.” (Joshua 3:3-4) As the people today, the family of God today here, we stand waiting, expectedly for God to lead us out into the parish to connect us with His people and the things He has been doing out there.
This is just one of the strands though; we celebrate 150 years of worshipping God in our Max West building. The things we do to celebrate will enable us to make connections and expand our territory and so we are uniquely placed to celebrate our past, consider our present and move forward into the future on a path of renewal.
There will be much more about Path of Renewal and our 150th Celebrations to come. It seems that this year will be full and exciting with plenty to see and do on a way on which we have not passed before.
With every blessing