I wonder where you are today, who you have seen, what you are doing? Maybe you are at work, in an office, a school, a shop or in the great outdoors. Maybe you are studying or sitting an exam. Maybe you are at home or attending a group or getting a few chores done out and about.
On Monday Simon and I were thinking about a prayer that we don’t use very often in church but is quite familiar in some Anglican churches and is said after sharing communion:
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out
in the power of your Spirit
to live and work
to your praise and glory.
I wonder what it means to you to be sent out in the power of the Spirit to live and work to God’s praise and glory?
On Sunday, we celebrated Pentecost, a day when we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit to enable us to do just that. We are not just a Sunday fellowship but we are a people sent out into the world in the power of the Holy Spirit to be beacons of hope, to represent Jesus and to invite people to encounter him. It sounds a little bit intimidating when I put it like that but I think it’s true. The great news of Pentecost is that we don’t do any of this alone, the Holy Spirit is God with us now, all the time and everywhere, giving us all we need to be his people out in the world. I believe, that all of us, living out our faith in the places where we are is the greatest calling and hope for the world.
Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting that you become Brunswick’s next Billy Graham or Andy Hawthorne. In reality, the biggest differences we make are in the gentle conversations that we have, the small acts of kindness, in noticing and responding to the needs we are presented with, in having integrity and living a life that is defined by our love for God and our love for others. The most powerful and life changing force for good and for the kingdom of God is all of us doing just that right where we are. It’s hard sometimes but the great news is that God gives us each other. He gives us gifts that compliment each other and we are here to pray for each other and support each other too.
So why not let us know how we can be praying for and supporting you in what you are doing and, if there things that would be helpful for us to be talking about in fellowship groups or in our sermon series, then please let us know that too.
I hope you have a great week whatever you are doing.