Dear Church Family
When visiting a housebound lady from our church yesterday I was reminded again of how wonderful Jesus is. In our conversation and as we read Scripture and shared Communion and prayed, it was so apparent that Christ is the One who gives life meaning, who brings hope, who fills us with joy, who forgives our sin, who’s present in all the ups and downs of life and who unites us in his love. Jesus is the One who makes all the difference! Sometimes it’s easy in the midst of life’s circumstance to forget that.
The opening verses of the Letter to the Hebrews (vv2-4) say something similar. I’ve scribbled a note in my bible next to these verses which says ‘7 wonders of Jesus Christ’ - as the writer is clear that Jesus is:
What an honour it is to know him! What a privilege to live for him and to be called to be his ambassador! But so many don’t know him or have a distorted view of him. That’s why we’re commissioned to invite others to discover the wonder of Christ. That’s the motivation behind this Sunday’s Invitation Sunday (23rd October) at church. It’s not too late still to invite a neighbour, work colleague or friend to one of the services. I’ve invited two people so far this week - one who’s said no, and the other is considering it. What about you? As Michael Harvey has so helpfully been reminding us, what’s most important is that we invite.
At all our services this Sunday we’ll also be welcoming Ian Proudler, from Operation Christmas Child, who’ll be envisioning us to see what a difference filling a shoe-box can make to the life of a child in need. It’s a simple way not only of telling the good news but of showing it in practical love and action.
So please pray for this Sunday’s services. Pray for lots of inviting. Pray for the work of the Holy Spirit in lives. Pray for good services. And pray for faithful and helpful proclamation of the good news about Jesus. Because in the end, it’s all about him. How wonderful he is.