Minister’s September Message
August 28, 2017
As we come to the end of summer, there is a definite chill in the air; the leaves are beginning to fall and foliage is becoming rich and varied, signalling the beginning of autumn. The changing of one season into the next reminds me of how time keeps rolling on as Greenbank moves into another new session of church activities in my 15th year as your Minister. The years have flown since I first came to Greenbank. As one year has changed into the next there have been many changes in my life and in the life of our church. Change is inevitable but it can also be one of the most unwelcome guests. Our lives change for the worse or for the better and nothing remains the same – much as we want it to. This is no less true with regard to the church as it is with our individual lives.
During July, here at Greenbank, we were reading through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians in which he passionately stressed the importance of believing in God’s power in Jesus Christ to bring about extraordinary life giving changes to churches and to people’s lives. To bring them about, Paul reminded the Ephesians, and thereby us, never to underestimate the power of truth, honesty, kindness, prayer and every witness for justice and peace, no matter how feeble or how doubtful or conflicted we felt them to be. Paul said we must never neglect these values and as people of faith, that we must use them to stand firm against any malevolent forces that conspire against the ways of God.
As we embrace the changes that mark the beginning of autumn, and the beginning of another ‘church year’ may the months ahead be filled with times of promise and praise, of thanksgiving and possibility and together, as the Body of Jesus Christ, may God turn us into a formidable force for all that it good, loving and hope-filled.
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