Next Thursday is the second anniversary of my induction as vicar of Holy Trinity West Bromwich. As a leader I am constantly faced with questions about how lead God’s people and to find the answers to my questions I turn to scripture to ask God how I should lead. Listening to God in his word creates both purpose and future possibility for his people, which we’ve wrestled with in our local context and place in history. And so to mark the beginning of my third year here, we have commissioned two banners for church, one with our purpose (vision statement) and one loaded with future possibility (mission statement). To commission them I used a statement of affirmation drawn from the key passages of scripture which form our vision statement. No prizes for the first person to correctly identify all the passages.
We will receive power
when the Holy Spirit comes;
and we will be Christ’s witnesses
and in all Judea
and to the ends of the earth.
And so whether we eat or drink
or whatever we do,
we do it all for the glory of God.
So may the God who gives endurance
give us a spirit of unity
as we follow Christ Jesus,
so that with one heart and mouth
we may glorify the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Accepting one another,
just as Christ accepted us,
in order to bring praise to God.
And what we have heard and known,
what our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from our children;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
And the Lord said
“I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”