Pastoral Update

Grace and Peace to you in Jesus.

My Pastoral “Mission” for the Year (2021)

Last year, due to all the various circumstances of the year (aka Covid-19), I found myself far too, “desk bound“. This year my heart’s desire is to be far more, “people bound.” To this end I have really been focusing on pastoral visitation, and I would ask you to please pray for me in this regard (as the Lord leads you).

Ending our Preaching Series in Ephesians (“Good News for the Whole Cosmos“)

Our preaching series in Ephesians will end next Sunday (31 January 2021) with Bruce unpacking Ephesians 6:10-20 for us (theme: Spiritual Warfare). This week (24 January 2021) I am unpacking Ephesians 6:1-9 (theme: Love and Respect in the Family and at Work).

Starting a Preaching series on Spiritual Formation (“When The Soul Listens“)

Then, starting 7 February we will be launching a 4 to 6 week series on “Spiritual Formation.” That is our theme  for this year (2021) and it is based on Galatians 4:19 – “… until Christ is formed in you.” We’d like to spend a bit of time unpacking what “Spiritual Formation” is and how it works, with a particular focus on contemplative prayer, and in line with the book we’re all reading (“When the Soul Listens” by Jan Johnson). So, it would be really great if you could all be here on the 7th of Feb 2021 for this launch.

Spiritual Formation Groups/Prayer Triplets

Many of you have asked me about how we are going to “process” the content of the book we’re all reading together. I am hoping that during (or at the end) of our short preaching series on Spiritual Formation we might form “Spiritual Formation Groups” of 3 (i.e. “prayer triplets”) in which each group can meet weekly or fortnightly to briefly reflect on the book, to read Scripture together “contemplatively“, and to pray for one another. Then we might switch up the groups up after 3 months. If you’d like to be in a group, then please sign up by placing your name on the “I want to be in a spiritual formation group” list on the Noticeboard asap.

My and Val’s Office

Next week, on Wednesday and Thursday, our office is getting brightened up. To this end, all furniture needs to be removed and so I was hoping for some strong able-bodied people to help after church this coming Sunday. It shouldn’t take long if there’s three or four people to move the bigger heavier funiture (shelves and desks). So, if you can remain behind after the gathering to help, I’d really appreciate it. 

Peace and All Good to you,

Craig.