This week seems to have looked like a wall of committee meetings. Monday a large gathering from the Synod and Northern College met to continue exploring how we share in partnership; Tuesday the first meeting of the newly formed Ministries Committee (snapshot shows some of the group); Wednesday the Mission and Discipleship Committee; and tomorrow the Synod Executive.
All of which set me reflecting on the way in which every gathering we share with other Christians is about being part of the Body of Christ – whether it be any of these meetings, our Church Meetings, Elders’ Meetings or simply a few friends meeting in a coffee shop. Such sharing and gathering together reflects a strong commitment to Christ often expressed in a willingness to work together in a variety of ways to enable and support the mission and discipleship of Gods people through all our local congregations. It is with grateful hearts that we thank God for all who have, both past and present, served Christ in such ways whether locally, across the Synods, or nationally.
Please pray for:
- each committee of the Synod as they work to support all God’s people through our congregations in mission and discipleship
- the ways in which locally, and more widely, we can seek out those we can form partnerships with to bear fruit for the Kingdom (continuing Paul’s prayer in Philippians 1:3 – 6)
- the Presbyterian Church of Ireland, the Church of Scotland, and the United Reformed Church following the decision of the PCI last week – that God may still stir our hearts to long for peace and unity for the sake of the Gospel, and that each tradition may strive to bear faithful witness to the love of God in Christ.