Encouragement for the Journey 12 October 2014

An inclusive Christian community in Auckland, New Zealand

Encouragement for the Journey 12 October 2014

Encouragement for the Journey

Focus Forward Title

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

Today is a special day in the life of our Community. It is time to Focus Forward.

We take time to glance over our shoulder, to honour what has been achieved, to learn from our mistakes. So we may creatively respond to the challenges and opportunities of our present reality. While we prepare ourselves for our ever unfolding future.

There are a variety of ways we could have done this; our Renewal Team and Church Council have chosen an approach that seeks to harness the collective wisdom and creativity of our Community.

For this day to have an effective influence upon our communal life and mission, we need to hear what the Spirit may be saying to the Church, through one another. No one person has all the answers, or knows what direction or focus we should take. Rather, together in our sharing of our creative wisdom, we seek to discern a focus forward.

I want to remind you of a couple of things; firstly, each person has something valuable and creative to say. Age is not a barrier, for no matter what our age, or how long we have been part of this community, we each can make a very important and valuable contribution to our communal wisdom and creativity. Remember the ancient story of the young boy who only had five loaves and two small fish and the powerful influence his offering made in the lives of others.

Secondly, mistakes are welcomed here, for if we are not prepared to be wrong weíll never come up with anything original or creative. Today, your crazy original creative ideas and dreams for this unique community of faith are welcomed in this place. Fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride to Focus Forward.

Meanwhile Peace

Alf