Today was the church AGM (social highlight of the year obvs). Maybe not the easiest of things of follow (accounts completely baffle me) but important all the same. During the Q & A section a friend turned to me and said “What do you want to see Rach?”
I gave my standard answer when my head is empty but full of wondering what exactly the implications are of the restricted and unrestricted funds section of the accounts – “Good question. I’m not sure, haven't thought about it that much.” Which to be honest isn't the whole truth. I know what I want to see in the Church as a whole, but I’d never really thought about what I wanted to see in my local church.
Which is kinda lazy and crazy (check tha’ rhymes) given that one of the reasons I chose to attend St Peter’s was because I believe in the vision of the church. But I guess part of that was me signing on to someone else’s vision. Which is strange because I have a million and five opinions on what I think the Church should look like, and yes, some of these opinions definitely contradict (keeping track of a million and five opinions is hard work).
So what do I want to see?
It’s simple really - Love.
I want to see a community of people who Love.
Love God, love each other & love those in our community.
Love that is patient and kind. Love that is not jealous, or boastful or proud or rude. Love that does not demand its own way. Love that is not irritable or counts when it has been wronged. Love that rejoices in truth and justice. Love that never gives up or loses faith. Love that endures through every circumstance.
An all encompassing love that is good news to the poor, comforts the broken hearted and sets captives free.
I want to see a people who give freely, serve joyfully and worship faithfully.
A family where all are welcomed and no-one is left out.
A family who rejoices with you in times of celebration.
A family who helps carry you when you’re in a valley and all is dark.
A family who is right beside you through all seasons of life.
In other words I want to see a church that looks more like Jesus and less like the rest of us.
So the challenge to myself is am I one of those people? Am I contributing to the Church I want to see?
But the great thing is that there’s always an opportunity to start.
Shoutout to one of the YWAM crew for the photo.