No doubt inspired by my surname, I have always been taken by the description of Jesus as the ‘gate’ (better to have that, than the emphasis placed on a Pembrokeshire coastal resort!) As such, as we focussed on the second of our “I am" sayings of Jesus last Sunday, we reflected how the dual purpose of a gate was to provide protection to those gathered in the sheepfold, as well as providing the way out towards a "life in all its fulness".
Of course that commitment to living out and sharing the possibilities of “life in its’ fulness” – “living God’s love in the world”, remains the focus of all our activity throughout our building, 7 days a week. It was encouraging to hear therefore, of how our building has served the purposes of God throughout its history, as a number of folk shared how they had first come through these doors, and what they had received and experienced once inside. We were reminded how our current refurb project is a continuation of our desire to bless, serve and encourage all who come through our doors. Indeed our service ended with a prayer we used many years ago as our motto text, which still I believe speaks today, not just to the doorway of our church, but perhaps our homes and hearts too! - I share it with you below.