This last Sunday it was an absolute delight to see Karen Reid and Simba Musvamhiri from Tatura be ordained as Deacon and Priest in God’s church. The church building was suitably full of life, colour and celebration to mark such an occasion. I always find it inspiring to see people commissioned for Gods work and mission, this day was no exception. Congratulations Karen!
As we were proceeding through the service there was an important part of the liturgy that is an essential part of the life of a healthy church. This liturgy summarized, reminds us that it is every baptized believers’ task to take up their ministry within the church. That’s right it’s for you and for me, everyone has a part to play in the mission and ministry of God’s church. For some of us that knowledge is exciting, for others it is a scary and for others it may feel foreign.
I wanted to draw our attention to this aspect of church life, because we desperately need everyone in the church to find their place in the Christian ministry that God has for them. Everyone’s role will be different to others, so comparing side ways to another person is not helpful, yet there is no doubt that God has a part for everyone to play. Have you considered your God given gifts and how you express them in the ministry and life of the church lately?
There is a parable that Jesus told that gives us some persuasive encouragement to use what we have been given by God for his glory. The parable of the talents is the one I am referring to is in Matthew 25:14-30, have a read of it. The gist of this parable is that we are expected to not just hold the gifts, abilities and resources that God has given us, but also to use them.
I am greatly encouraged that different members of the church are using their gift among us in new ways, particularly at present there is enquiry about some different men’s ministries and also Table tennis on Thursday evening. Both of these activities are designed to make good connections with people and we pray that others may come to know God through their interaction with his people at the church. But as I said before, everyone’s ministry is different, my encouragement to you is to keep seeking what yours is and when it is discovered take active steps to undertake it.
God be with you
Trev Bell, Associate Minister