Often it comes to this time of year when you look back and think “Where did this year go?”
With 2020 knocking, there are many things I am thankful for from 2019 but one that stands out to me is being part of a church where so many help and serve others.
I am blown away by how many of you, use the gifts God has given, get your hands dirty and seek to bless others. In ways that are obvious and ways that are not.
Whether you arrive early to Church to welcome the stranger, disciple kids, lead a Connect Group, cook a meal for someone struggling, work on the sound desk, teach scripture, pray with someone in grief, lead us in singing, disciple new believers, organise the rosters, teach ESL, co-ordinate Carols, visit the ageing, set up at Playtime, serve on Parish Council, have people into your home for a meal… the list goes on and on...
And you do it, why? To earn favour with God? No. To rack up your volunteering hours? No. But because you understand how much Jesus Christ has blessed and served you. And you want others to experience a taste of what you have experienced.
Is it easy? Not in the slightest. But that is what serving is. Putting others before yourself.
So can I just say, on behalf of the pastoral staff team, how encouraged we are by you. Yes, you. For the way in which you have stepped out and stepped up to serve others at Church this year. And know it brings a smile to your Father in heaven's face, to see you use the gifts he has given to you, well. (particularly when its hard).
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.