Encouragement for the Journey – 04/12/11

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Encouragement for the Journey – 04/12/11

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

With a General Election just completed, I thought the following quotes may offer food for thought:

“The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”
Dietrich Bonheoffer (German Pastor – executed 1944)

“…the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
Hubert H. Humphrey (Former Vice – President USA)

If we changed the words society and government to church, we would have powerful descriptions of the church, and its mission to serve others within and without its circle of belonging. Even a cursory reading of the gospels, shows Jesus ensuring children, the elderly, the dying, the sick and the handicapped were treated with dignity and respect, despite his disciples and others seeking to prevent him.

A challenge for us is to ensure, we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, while responding to the challenges of mission in the 21st Century, with creativity and faith.

With Christmas coming, we who have been part of the church for some time are conversant with the Christmas stories, but for many children and indeed adults this is not the case. One of our challenges is that for children and indeed adults the world of rural Palestine 2000 years ago is light years away from our 21st Century world of the internet, iPods, iPads, Google, and Wikipedia.

Our mission if we choose to accept it is to share the Christmas stories in creative ways that relate to children and modern adults. While being prepared to be questioned and challenged about what we may take for granted.

May you enjoy a re-telling of the familiar Christmas stories in a modern and creative way during our Kids N All this morning.

Meanwhile Peace

Alf