Jeremiah is called to the ministry of a prophet. This is the most dangerous ministry of all. God calls prophets to challenge religious and secular authorities – often to rebuke them and warn them of disaster if they do not change their behaviour. The work of an Interim Priest is to challenge a congregation to heal past hurts, find a new direction, begin moving in that direction and help new people move into leadership. The focus is always on what God wants to do in this place – not on what we want to do.
· God’s work is to reach out to individuals – like Jeremiah, you
· God reaches out to develop a personal relationship of love
· You shall love God with all your heart – to develop commitment (Deuteronomy 6.1-3)
· You shall love God with all your mind – to develop knowledge
· Love God with all your strength – to develop kingdom workers
· Love your neighbour as yourself – to develop people who love
· Our Strategic Plan noted that St. Magloire’s needed to be more friendly and welcoming to visitors and newcomers
· Tara suggested we re-establish a coffee time – and two weeks later provided coffee and delicious crumble after the service
· This enabled me – and others to have some brief but important conversations that reached out to everyone present
· All need to read our Bibles, pray and learn to seek the Holy Spirit
· Everyone needs something to do to give meaning to their life
· Our task is to invite people to discover their gifts and ministry
· Everyone has some gift that can be a ministry – intercessory prayer, music, teaching, administration, pastoral visiting, leading worship etc.
· We all need to first seek healing and forgiveness for the past
· Healed and forgiven people are transformed by their experience of God’s love – they radiate the love of God
· By becoming a person who models self-sacrificial love of God and God’s creation we show others that this is the way to joy in life.
This is how we do God’s work in God’s way!