From the vicarage November 2014


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According to some, the world is divided up into three types of people: Optimists, pessimists and realists.

Someone else once wrote a letter:

Dear Optimist, Pessimist and Realist,

Whilst you were arguing about whether the glass of water was half empty, half full or about right, I drank it.

Your sincerely, the Opportunist.

Whether you are an optimist, pessimist or realist, God calls us to be opportunists.

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most      of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)

We are given an opportunity by God to work together to make the most to overcome evil, and we do this by making Christian community around the gospel of Jesus Christ (or rather, the gospel of Jesus Christ creates such a community).

To make the most of the opportunity we have, I need your help with a survey.  There’s going to be a meeting on 17th November for the people at church who are most involved in the ministry of teaching God’s word and of prayer.  At that meeting, we’re going to imagine what an ideal, small Christian community would look like.  This is where you can help by imagining together.

CS Lewis wrote something which encourages us to think beyond our present reality:

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

Will you try to imagine a different world to the one we live in today?  Imagine a Christian community on your street.  What would that community do together?  What values would they have in common?  What would the people in that community do with their time?  What attitudes would they have?  How would those attitudes be formed?

Please have a go.  Write some thoughts on a piece of paper and give it to me in church or email me.  Let your imagination inspire something great.

With love

Neil

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