From The Rectory
Equipping the Church
A story is told that during the bombing of a city in World War II, a large statue of Jesus Christ was severely damaged. When the townspeople found the statue among the rubble, they mourned because it had been a beloved symbol of their faith and of God’s presence in their lives.
Experts were able to repair most of the statue, but its hands had been damaged so severely that they could not be restored. Some suggested that they hire a sculptor to make new hands, but others wanted to leave it as it was—a permanent reminder of the tragedy of war. Ultimately, the statue remained without hands. However, the people of the city added on the base of the statue of Jesus Christ a sign with these words: “You are my hands.”
I have just returned back from a week camping at New Wine’s ‘United Conference’. New Wine is a network that sees its responsibility as equipping the church for the mission of God. It is great to attend these conferences to be inspired, refreshed and equipped, but attendance must result in action, as we put into practice what we have learned.
The same is true of when we read the bible, it should lead us into action, as we are inspired by the Word of God. As Children of God, we are called to be his presence in this world, we are called to use our hands, time, talent and finances to continue the work that Jesus started.
Later in the month we will be launching our Stewardship Campaign, and this provides a fantastic opportunity to reflect on how we are using what God has given us, to serve His Kingdom
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