from your new Church Related Community Worker, or Community Minister as I would prefer to be called, and my name is Pat Oliver.
Thank you for the wonderful welcome I have received – in fact lots of welcomes from the moment the removal lorry arrived to wake the neighbours (!) on 12th December until today. I am writing this article immediately after a great official welcome service, or Induction as the formal words say, and I’m still buzzing with excitement having met more of you now and feeling God’s Spirit getting hold of us to start the work of the next five years together.
Last month Tim wrote about New Year resolutions and ” the willingness of people to take part in God’s creative work” and about learning and exploring the future together – well our work together is one way of doing that and lots of you expressed the hope of being part of it. Your names on those colourful banners, (or sails), says so – and don’t worry – if you weren’t able to be at the service yesterday there will still be a chance to add your name in the next few weeks in your own church. I have reproduced the picture and text that were used on the front cover of Saturday’s service because they exactly express what I believe about our Community Ministry together……
“There are many different talents, but they’re all given to us by the same Spirit of God. We have separate tasks to perform but ……..the Spirit makes sure everybody can do something.”
I will be listening to you and chatting with you for the next few months. In fact that’s probably all I will be doing along with a lot of prayer, but it’s a vitally important part of our work in order to learn what it is we are being called to concentrate on, step by step.
I tell you now – I come with a hazard warning!
Just when you think you have got there – I will ask you to move on again or turn a different corner. Not because I want you to but because I believe God has prompted us to.
May I ask something of you now?
Please pray on your own, with others, with me, so that we can build up our listening ears to hear God’s prompting to us as loudly and clearly as we can. On Saturday we sang…
“YOU want ev’ryone You call to live Your love for one and all – Ministry is care, offered ev’rywhere…… and ….ALL are asked to share, here and ev’rywhere!“
Let’s get exploring what that means and then get on with it, together.
May the God of community walk with you.