BELLS

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Our newly adopted Mission Statement says we are: “a community of believers being transformed by the love of Jesus, bringing hope, healing and good news in a broken world.” This Sunday I will begin a series of five sermons designed to give us practical steps towards bringing hope, healing and good news in a broken world. Michael Frost wrote a simple book called The Five Habits of Highly Missional People, which has been down loaded, printed and reprinted in congregations around the world, inviting people to engage in God’s mission. It’s also known as the BELLS challenge. The first habit we are invited to work on is BLESSing people. I will bless three people this week, at least one of whom is not a member of our church. The second habit we will be invited to consider would be to “EAT with three people this week. It could be for lunch, or invited for supper, or out for a coffee, and many of us do this regularly. But what would it look like if at least one of those persons was not a member of our church? Who might that be? BLESS, EAT, and LISTEN. The third Habit will receive the challenge of needing to LISTEN to the Holy Spirit’s voice. May 10th is Ascension Day, and ten days later we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday, where we will be challenged to create a habit of listening to the Holy Spirit’s voice, for at least one period a week. The fourth Habit will be LEARNing Christ. In this habit we will be invited to read the gospel teachings of Jesus and do them. There are excellent books on Jesus written and recommended to read. If following Jesus is the most important calling in each of our lives, why would we not want to hear, understand, be moved and changed by him more. The final Habit we will want to work on is this notion of being SENT, in reconciliation, in justice, in beauty and wholeness. How do we find ourselves enlisted in the Lord’s army being “a community of believers being transformed by the love of Jesus, bringing hope, healing and good news in a broken world?” We are a people who are most richly blessed and this morning, on this first Sunday, we’ll explore how we have been called by the Holy Spirit to be a people of blessing.                                     Pastor Sid

Karin Terpstra