As I type at the office computer, the office is becoming brighter by the second; another building is being demolished nearby, and more natural light is flooding in. As you may have noticed when driving or walking around Brunswick, the landscape is changing rapidly. A recent journey through the estate provided me with views of the aquatics centre, which were never available before. Things are changing (we trust and pray for the better), and there will be many further developments to embrace and take on board. These are exciting and challenging times for our church and community as we journey into the future together.
Last Sunday, in our ATS, we looked at God’s calling of Abram - he too was asked to embrace change and was invited him to place his faith in God, who would then lead him on a journey. In our time together we looked at the promises of assurance which accompanied Abram’s call, and we welcomed John (our latest placement student) hearing a little about his call and journey so far. A day later on Monday evening, 9 candidates from the deanery (including 5 from our own congregation) were invited to renew the promises of trust expressed at baptism, at their confirmation service here, which was a joy to host and witness. Declarations of belief (and I believe more importantly) trust, which were made before God and those gathered there.
Such a relationship with God is not just the preserve of Abram, or indeed the 9 on Monday, but is open to us all. Just as Abraham (as later renamed) was a friend of God, that privilege can be ours too - whereby we are invited to journey with God, as individuals, and also as a supportive community of faith one with each other. I do hope if able, you will consider joining us this coming Sunday, as around our Lord’s table together, we can receive and share support, as we anticipate and embrace our respective journeys.