If only I may finish the race

Dear Friends,

If only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of Gods grace

Acts 20: 24

There is a race that will only be won when everyone has crossed the finishing line. There is nothing to shout about if you have a gold medal and everyone else is left behind!

We havent been in the race to save the world” for long, but we have been awarded a Bronze Certificate by A ROCHA UK for our efforts to become an Eco Church and look after Gods creation. It is a wonderful start, but there is much more to be done and we pray more people will run with us into the future

Its as if we have been awarded a bronze award before the race has been finished, because the task is not complete! That only happens if we can encourage others to cross the finishing line.

We will now run for gold, not so that we can display awards and be proud of our achievements, but so that we can leave a legacy to which others will be committed. It will all be in vain if we lead the way but no-one is running with us! (Galatians 2: 2)

As we run the race we must practice what we preach if the prize is to last forever as a legacy others run with into the future. If were not running for God we will be disqualified and the race will be lost. (1 Corinthians 9: 24-27)

We are showing that you dont have to be among the biggest, strongest or fastest to run the race and that commitment can overcome any weaknesses we may have. We can be stronger, and move faster, if we come together to run this race with gold the aim, but our vision even greater!

God so loved the world that his Son was born to save it (John 3: 16-17) and if we follow him in the race we will cross the finish line. So, please, support us in the race and take a look at the Eco Church link:

https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

Also, if you would also like to take the opportunity to learn more about a very special Climate Sunday webinar for Eco Church representatives happening on 26th January you can register for your free place here.

Professional footballers have been told to stop celebrating with hugs after scoring a goal, but what are they going to do about the scrum in rugby where everyone is much closer for a lot longer? Just one of my trivial thoughts!

Shellie came across this Affirmation originally written in the first lockdown and thought it worth sharing:

The Church Has Left the Building

The church is not a place; it is a people.
The church is not only a steeple above the treeline, streets, and cars.
Rather, it is a people proclaiming to the world that
we are here for the work of healing and of justice.

The church is not walls built stone upon stone, held together by mortar
but rather person, linked with person, linked with person:
all ages and genders and abilities—
a community built on the foundation of reason, faith, and love.

The church is not just a set of doors open on Sunday morning,
but the commitment day after day, and moment after moment,
of our hearts creaking open the doors of welcome
to the possibility of new experience and radical welcome.

The church is not simply a building, a steeple, a pew.

The church is the gathering together of all the people, and experiences,
and fear, and love, and hope in our resilient hearts;
gathering, however we can, to say to the world:
welcome, come in, lay down your heartache, and pick up hope and love.

For the church is us—each and every one of us—together,
a beacon of hope to this world that so sorely needs it.

~ written by Rev. Margaret Wei’s

God Bless, Richard