To boldly go where no one has gone before…

Leaving aside the ongoing issue of the ‘split infinitive’ – wasn’t it a moment when the great William Shatner – space hero of my childhood as Captain Kirk of the SS Enterprise – became the oldest man to have gone into space?!?
Not bad for 90 – and as a member of the church family said to me recently when talking about our age profile: ‘80 is the new 60, Jonathan!’. I wish I felt 35…
Of his record breaking flight in Blue Origin, Shatner said, ‘Everybody in the world needs to see this… it was unbelievable. It was so moving…. the covering of blue. The beauty of that colour, you’re through it in an instant.’ Through tears he said, ‘What you have given me is the most profound experience I could have. And God saw what he had made and it was good…
I guess you’re never too old to ‘boldly go’. As a church family we are doing some bold things as we seek to discover what more God may have in store for Christ’s church here in our patch. As we seek to grow in growing God’s kingdom, we will need to live out our faith more boldly.
In November, the UK government hosts the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and vital decisions will be made that affect us all. That’s why we are focussing, Sunday by Sunday, on how our Christian faith can affect how we respond to the climate crisis and engage faithfully in the issues. In the coming weeks, our TREASURE group will be letting us know how we can make that voice of faith heard by those who represent us and make decisions on our behalf.
One voice which is becoming increasingly loud is that of another William – The Duke of Cambridge. In response to the Blue Origin flight, he said that the focus should be on repairing the Earth, not trying to find the next place to live. In an interview ahead of his inaugural Earthshot Prize, the Duke of Cambridge told the BBC: We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live.
The usual suspects have rounded on Prince William as a ‘woke kill joy’. Fair enough, but my reading of Genesis would make me inclined to agree with him. What does your faith tell you and how does that translate into active faith?

Boldly going… In Him

Jonathan
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