Posted by: Postordinandy | January 26, 2009

The Challenge of Advent

We listened to a pod-cast of a sermon around the themes of Advent (by Rev Kelvin Wright in NZ – “Choices”). Tony then asked us to consider the following questions (in bold). Our responses follow:

In the light of our discussions over the past few weeks (spiritual gifts), what do we understand by the question: ‘what has God asked me (us) to do?’

  • God’s angel asked Mary to bear the Son of God, and she said yes…
  • God’s angel asked Joseph to adopt Jesus as his own, and take Mary as his wife, and he said yes…
  • God asked us to relocate our church to the High Street, and we said yes…
  • God asked us to go onto the High Street and be his church to those who do not go to church, and we said yes…
  • God asked us to serve those on the High Street, and we said yes…
  • God asked us to come to you, and we said yes…
  • God asked us to be consistent, and we said yes…
  • God asked us to bring a glimpse of his flavours and colours to the High Street, and we said yes…
  • God asked us to be responsive, and we said yes…

What have we learned about ourselves individually, as a result of saying yes?

  • I am faithful & obedient
  • I can take risks, and go beyond my comfort zone
  • I am prepared to do what God asks me
  • I can serve God even when I don’t want to, or when I can’t see how it is serving God
  • I don’t want to let others (co-workers, stall-holders & ‘punters’) down
  • I somehow need this level of discomfort and challenge to achieve the energy I need to serve God
  • Mission is good for me

What have we learned about ourselves corporately?

  • We work well together
  • We are an effective team
  • We back each other up
  • We put ourselves out for each other
  • We notice others needs, and respond
  • We have grown together and towards God
  • We have an increased identity
  • We have increased our capacity to be honest and vulnerable
  • We’re still on a journey
  • We have some experience of the liminality & communitas we discussed in theory
  • Mission is good for us
  • We can’t hide, and this is largely a good thing

What have we learned about being Missionaries?

  • We can’t do everything
  • We need to step up and do what we are called to do
  • We can’t predict what God is going to do, or how he will do it, as a result of our saying yes

Generals on the battlefield/footbal managers

  • We need to respond to God, and be prepared to do so at the last minute
  • We need to be, and have been, consistent in what we do & how we do
  • There is always more to learn
  • The reality of Praxis – allowing our theology & practice to inform and shape each other
  • To trust that God will deal with the ‘end product’ – what ever that is!
  • Missionary activity is a ‘24-7-365’ activity & mindset
  • Mission happens both by accident and by intention
  • Mission as our ‘Primary Organising Principle’ vs. Worship as POP

How well do you think we have aligned ourselves to God’s will, and to co-operating with Him?

  • We are willing
  • Not sure what ‘success’ is
  • Clear calling vs. our ‘gut’ – we respond as we are able to, (some surrender to experimentation & risk taking)
  • Accept ‘seasonal realities’
  • Searching in the dark is still searching, (but there is more light than we sometimes see)
  • We display a mixture of ‘transferred’ (reflected) & ‘transmitted’ (God shining through) light (maybe more transmitted)

What are the next things we need to do to align ourselves with God’s will?

  • Being intentionally reflective regarding our work on the High Street

 

Our Church….?

  • Has more people ‘in’ it than they even know
  • Belongs to those we meet with and serve – and they serve us too
  • Is liked by those we work alongside – and thought of fondly in most of the traditional churches
  • Is supported by the wider structures
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Responses

  1. […] under Church   Really good post by the community at St Luke’s in the High Street here as they reflect upon what God has called them to in Walthamstow. It’s fascinating from the […]

  2. From one who thinks of St Luke’s in the High St more than fondly … this is so exciting. Mission as POP rather than worship; very scary.

    God bless you with peace in the risk.

    Keep it coming.
    Frances


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