Rev J Bamber: September 2019
September in Methodism is one of the points when we celebrate a new year beginning. In the life of our circuit this year especially we welcome Elaine and Nick and are thrilled that Heather, Pam and Alan are re-joining the staff team for a further year. God is good! In Denmark new beginnings are supposedly marked by the smashing of dishes and plates against the doors of one's friends and family. It is certainly one way of inhabiting the phrase 'opportunity knocks!'
However, it is true that as we embark on a new phase of the circuit's adventure in partnership with God the invitation is to be alert to fresh opportunities lest we miss our mission by simply continuing to do what we've always done. A pilot who flew on a mercy mission to deliver vital emergency supplies to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is said to have reflected afterwards, 'The whole thing is a loss if we don't put it where they can get it.' When you're involved in a mission that involves life-or-death you do whatever it takes to ensure what it needed gets through in a way that it can be received.
In Exodus 3:7 — 10, God proclaims to Moses, 'I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt...So I have come down to rescue them...now, go. I am sending you...' God was desperate to save His people and he used Moses to put life within their reach. Today God is still in touch with the suffering of His people and He chooses to use you and I to put life within their reach. Where we are, among the people we share life with God asks us to be life-bearers, his representatives. Opportunities abound may we be attentive and responsive, willing to make connections and do whatever it takes to deliver the Good News so that it can be received and lived.
With my love and prayers,
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