Over the course of the last week I’ve been taken with the the power of words, and their ability to encourage and challenge us.
Last Thursday at our PCC, members came up with the words that feature above, expressing characteristics which we hope are already features of our fellowship, as well as holding qualities which we would like to aspire to. Added to these words on Sunday morning was the additional one of 'compassion' which Jesus clearly expressed and demonstrated in the amazing miracle when feeding the 4000+ folk who had been with him for 3 days.
Finally, 5 hours later when attending the opening service for the new academic year for Westcott House in Cambridge we were all, staff and students alike, reminded of four more significant words which make up our rule for life: the aspiration that undergirds the way that we hope to work together as a community;
• to grow in holiness and to nurture our relationship with God, through prayer and worship, and life with others
• to grow in wisdom, engaging with the riches of our inheritance of faith and to articulate it afresh amidst the complexity of our own age,
• to grow in compassion and to cultivate a capacity for attentiveness to the world and its needs.
• to develop a disposition of openness to Christ and to those among whom we are called to serve, becoming agents of reconciliation.
Of course words on their own hold little actual power, but my hope in sharing these particular ones with you is that you might (inspired by the living Word) be drawn to one (or come up with one of your own) that you could make a focus for your prayer for yourself and our church.