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Joy Of Christmas (11.12.2018)

So, as I write this, it is six week since my ordination and induction as Minister at Gillespie Memorial Church, and these six weeks have flown by. Though I didn’t really expect anything else, starting my ministry in the run up to the Advent season and preparing for the JOY of Christmas.

It has been a real pleasure getting to know the people, groups and places that GMC is involved in. From the groups who use our spaces during the week; our own Guild and Wednesday Fellowship group; the support out at the Well; and for our ministry to those in need through F3 and The Glen. I have a real sense that we have a church family that desires to see the reality of God at work through our worship and out into our wider community.

Worshiping for me is central to my faith and to our church.  Jesus, when speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well, said “a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth”.

Jesus calls us to worship God, our Father in ‘Spirit and truth’ – by

seeking the truth that is Jesus Christ and desiring to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit— love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5.22).

I am here to serve our entire worshiping community—bringing the joy and Good News of Jesus Christ through praise,  prayer, teaching and most importantly—the Word of God found in the Scriptures of the Bible.

Over the coming year, I will introduce a monthly Encounter service — dedicated to praising the name of God with a series on Colossians. Our regular monthly get together over soup and a roll will move to the last Sunday of each month. And now the work of the nominating committee has been fulfilled by my arrival as your minister, the monthly Praise & Prayer will continue — we will raise our voices in praise to our Lord and our prayers before him; for healing in our church, our community, country and the world. There will even be a time of healing ministry at this monthly event.

We, of course, have the ongoing work with our buildings and will be seeking to develop a vision for their integrated use and how they can be developed for greater use by organisations and groups in our community. This will require the next stage of upgrading to the heating, sound and vision throughout our buildings and the finalisation of work to the church halls as we complete the necessary work to the damp and dry rot issues.

Your offerings and gifts have been gratefully received, and we will continue to seek your support over the coming year, as we continue the ministry of the Lord in, through and out with our buildings.

I give thanks to God for His calling to ministry at Gillespie Church, and pray that over the coming year we will journey in faith—knowing Jesus and making Him known.

May you and your loved ones be blessed this Christmas and may the light of the Lord reside in you always.

Your servant in Christ

Pastor Mike

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