In this live audio recording (turn up the volume!) Jonathan, Rector of Harbour Churches, preaches on Epiphany Sunday on the theme of ‘nurture’ – one of the foundational characteristics for a church committed to renewal and described as:
Nurture – rooted in Jesus’ mission to bring life in all its fulness, Harbour Churches seeks after human flourishing and growth in Christ for all who share in the life of the church or who are served by it.
Through the story of the Wise Men, the letter of Paul to the Ephesians (3. 1-12) and the real life story of Richard McCann, whose mother was brutally murdered by Peter Sutcliffe – and the transformative impact the great contemporary saint Desmond Tutu had on McCann’s life, the ‘unsearchable, boundless riches of Christ’ are seen to be at the heart of how Christian nurture leads to human flourishing and fullness of life in Christ.
Jonathan ends with a prayer for the coming year taken from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:
‘And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. And to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God’. 3.17-19.