Sunday 11th October, 2015

Welcome to everyone gathering for Op-Shop Community Sunday at St Matt’s. If this is your first time at St Matt’s we hope you will enjoy meeting with God as we join in fellowship with some of the volunteers at the Op-Shop, hear some of their stories, have a discussion around our bible reading from Luke’s Gospel and pray for the mission at the shop, amongst other things.

This week I came across the following article for the Anglican Communion News Service which seems relevant . . .

“Almost 400 people jammed into the arena which is at the heart of King’s College Otahuhu (NZ) on Tuesday for the powhiri [Māori welcoming ceremony] that launched the 2015 Common Life Missions Conference.

They came from all walks, and from all corners – including Africa, Australia, England and the Middle East – to reaffirm their convictions that mission involving every person in the Communion, is at the heart of Anglicanism.

Or, as the conference’s keynote speaker, the Revd Dr Chris Wright, [OT scholar and International Ministries Director of the Langham Partnership International], later put it: “It’s not so much the case that God has a mission for the church, to be carried out by a few church-paid professionals – as that God has a church for his mission.”

Dr Wright wrapped up his survey with three conclusions:

Firstly, that “God’s whole mission is for God’s whole church.”

Secondly, that the whole church’s mission includes every church member.

“If the whole church exists for God’s mission, then so do all its members. . . We need to radically challenge the mistaken paradigm that only some members are ‘mission partners’. What does that make the rest of us? Non-mission partners? Sleeping partners?”

Finally, that there is no secular-sacred divide.

“Jesus,” said Dr Wright, “is Lord of the workplace and the family, Lord of the streets and the skies, Lord of schools and slums, Lord of hospitals and housing, Lord of governments, business, academia, sport and culture, Lord of all time and space.

“So the discipleship and mission that Jesus calls us into is for the whole of life. If Jesus is Lord of heaven and earth then there is no place, no job, no vocation, no day or night, no part of life at all, that is exempt from the rest of what he says in the Great Commission and all that it refers back to in the rest of the Gospel.

“Mission is not an agenda, to be tackled by people assigned to ‘do it for the rest of us’. Mission is the mode of existence for the whole life of every member of the whole church.”

God bless,    Ian.