This morning we were privileged to host a service of morning prayer with guests far and wide. As well as as the great and the good (the photo might give you a clue as to who I have in mind!), we were also joined by a worshipper whose journey with our church has only just recently begun. It was just as important that he felt welcomed, as well as our other esteemed guests.
Many years ago at a church house party, we reflected on the different dynamics of host and guest, and how at different times we might be required to inhabit both roles. It has been a constant joy to witness over the years, how those in the church congregation gain a welcome when hosted by the week day Positive Steps ministry, and vice versa, when Positive Steps is the entry point to folk’s new (or continued) journey with God.
The scripture readings we studied together, all were a (further) reminder of the mess that life can be, but still ended with the call to “Hope in the Lord”. Indeed the Archbishop’s (for the picture is he!) final blessing for us, was that our church centre would continue to be a place of compassion and justice. Amen to that!
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PS: More photos here. And a message from the Archbishop here.