Harvest of the Heart…
In the Bible we read:
‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.’ Ezekiel 36:26
We are continuing to gather in our local churches on a ‘pilgrimage of the heart‘, as we seek to discover how having a ‘living heart of faith’ leads to that fullness of life Jesus promised for us and for those for whom we are called to ‘have a heart’.
As we deepen our reflection over the coming weeks, you may also discover how God is calling you to serve those who come to us – at life’s key moments – trusting that we have a heart for them…
Those ‘key moments’ are often described within Anglican parish church life as ‘hatch, match and dispatch’. That isn’t meant to sound flippant but neatly sums up the traditional work of the parish priest and his or her congregations in serving their community. We might identify them as:
- The blessing of childhood, parenting and family life.
- The gift of a life rooted in the growing knowledge of God’s love in Jesus.
- The privilege of supporting our local church schools.
- The blessing of marriage and life-long, life-giving relationships.
- The gift of relationship as an expression of God’s love in Christ.
- The privilege to journey with those living with the reality of hurting or broken relationships.
- The blessing of hope at the end of life.
- The gift of compassion and understanding for those bereaved.
- The privilege of coming alongside those who are nearing the end of life and affirming the dignity of every life.
Those moments often offer far greater opportunities for service which is life giving than we presently realise. So, as we continue to seek a better understanding what God is calling us to be as the church in this place let us come together to prayerfully consider how we can re-imagine what being the church in this place really means for the sake of those we are called to offer that ‘fullness of life’ which was God’s gift in Christ for all.