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Pastor’s Letter for Sunday, May 7
Throughout the season of Easter, we read from the Book of Acts and the First Letter of Peter. While seemingly two different texts from the New Testament, both works speak to the Church’s mission to go out into the world and proclaim the good news. Today’s selection from Peter’s letter emphasises this quite strongly: we have been drawn into the Body of Christ in order that we “may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called us out of darkness into his marvellous light”
The work of the Church is always directed outwards. We come to this space to be nourished and sustained for the purpose of serving God’s people and creation. Our celebration of the Liturgy and participation in the breaking of bread enables us to be Christ to others. Here we are formed, nourished, and commissioned to serve the world.
The early church took serious the gospel mission Jesus entrusted to them. Several Greek and Roman writers of the time remarked on the early church’s generous and lavish hospitality to all. In many places, the generosity of the Christian community became a draw for those hearing the gospel for the first time. Clearly the early disciples’ way of life spoke deeply to the people of their day, for many longed to experience the joy and love as experienced in the early church.
Many still hunger for deep and meaningful relationships, with God and with each other. I often hear from people who visit the church of how challenging they find life today. Many are lonely, others are stressed and anxious about work and finances, and still others feel the weight and pressure of everyday life. While the Church isn’t as prominent today as it was in the past, people still come to churches seeking solace and comfort and to know that they belong and are important. My prayer is that all may find a warm and gracious welcome here, and that we are inspired and renewed in our mission to love and serve all God’s creation.
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