Ever since last Sunday’s service, the ear worm that’s been working through my brain has been “Connected” by a band called the Stereo MC’s. The repetitive chant “gonna get myself connected” seems to apply to our relationship to Jesus the True Vine, which kicked off our latest sermon series looking at the “I am” sayings of Jesus as found in John’s gospel. Jess spoke of how when we remain in Jesus, we can bear fruit that brings God’s love to the world.
I was reminded of our tendency at Brunswick to change words. We certainly haven’t arisen as a mighty army for a while, though we do still have much cause to Rejoice! and we are much keener to "share" the gospel of the good news than “preach” it. As such, I wonder if we can and should be encouraged to “live God’s love in the world”.
It’s a phrase that took me a while to get my head around (as is often the case with anything that my Helen my wife shares with me), but again the more I dwell on it, the more I believe it speaks to our context and current church aims. Certainly “LIVING GOD’S LOVE IN THE WORLD” chimes with our continued desire to celebrate and work towards “Life in its’ fullness”, recognising God’s desire that we might enjoy the best physical, community and spiritual life that He has to offer us. It also underpins our plans for Refurb where again the transformation of our building will enable this mission to continue, and we pray be mirrored in the transformation of individual and communal lives. That is indeed good news, for us as individuals, for us and our communities, and indeed for our whole world.
If you are around over the weekend, I do hope you will join us for our all age service this coming Sunday, for whilst we won’t be sharing food, (and the weather forecast looks like a picnic is unlikely too), we will be sharing great fellowship together. We will explore further what the opportunity to "Live God’s love in the world” might look like, as we look at the claim attributed to Jesus as “The Gate”