Like Jim over at living wittily, I was at an induction yesterday. And I would endorse everything he says about the service for Catriona at Hillhead.
My mate Richard was being inducted to the pastorate at Upminster. I had the privilege of preaching on the theme - chosen by him - of 'the church has left the building', reflecting on the crucial missional call of God's people.
The service was a joyous mix of worship and story-telling, encouragement and challenge. And, of course, it was followed by fantastic church buffet, canapes and conversation over endless cups of tea.
It reminded me why I do this, because in the story-telling there was a profound sense of the God who leads us on, urging to step out together into this adventure of mission he's been on forever. And looking round the congregation, I had a wonderful sense of the potential of these ordinary people to be extraordinary in their acts of simple kindness that could change the world.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Telling the story of God's mission
Labels: church, friendship, inductions
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I've tracked down a song which sums this all up superbly well. (I'll e-mail you the chords!)
We Are Blessed, Andy Flanagan
'We are blessed to bless a world in pieces
We are loved to love where love is not
We are changed to be the change You promised
We are freed to be Your hands, O God'
This should be a Later Service theme song, in my humble opinion... It's certainly becoming mine.
Andy, interestingly, is a singer-songwriter from round our way (well, Luton) and a self-professed Christian Socialist. I ordered his CD Son yesterday, and wanted to bring it on Wednesday night, but my prolifgacy means I am now unable to do so... I'm sure it would be right up your street, however.
Hey Ben, that is a great song. Andy's a very accomplished song writer with whom I have worked at Spring Harvest. He's now a key figure in the Christian Socialist movement.
I have three of his albums which means I've probably got the song you're quoting. You're right about it being a Later Service theme song. I'll bring it next time...
One day I will send you something you haven't already heard of/worked with/or read, I promise! :)
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