On Saturday we received a warm welcome from Carver Uniting Church as they hosted our Synod Meeting – an opportunity for us to gather from all our congregations and listen, talk, worship, decide, and pray together.
Our morning Bible study was led by Dr Karl Möller (Principal of the Cumbria Christian Institute) and looked at “Being a disciple” through the lens of what it means to be with Jesus, and to be with those into whose company Jesus leads us. Such discipleship reflects a “reckless generosity” and causes us to be particularly engaged with those who need healing and those who are scorned, rejected and marginalised. Karl noted how these may seem counterintuitive – yet are the places where God calls us to be and the people God sends us to meet.
As for the items on the agenda – the book of Reports has been made widely available, and we received reports which reflected the support given to us all through the immense amount of time and energy that is offered by so many (e.g. those serving on our pastoral committees, drawn from members across a wide variety of our congregations). We thank God for the gifts given to us that support us all, so that that in each local community where we have a congregation we “may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9).
Please pray for:
- the on-going discussions and consultations across our congregations about how we can support one another as locally as possible through a pattern of Missional Partnerships,
- the work of our Synod Area Pastoral Committees as they continually reflect on the life of each of our congregations, and how best we can support one another,
- and for all our Synods in the UK (and Church House staff) as we consider the best way in which we can be connected together under our denominational priority for resourcing and developing our discipleship through “Walking the Way: living the life of Jesus today.”