Thoughts for the month:
According to my calendar Autumn begins on the 22nd September so
Summer is almost over. Did you enjoy it? I know I did.
It was a Summer of contrasting emotions for us as a team with our
sadness at the closure of Christchurch Southella, and the joy of
welcoming members of the Southella congregation into our fellowships.
The word “team” has been much in
evidence over the past few months with
Team G.B. proudly donning their red, white
and blue for the Olympics and the
Paralympics. The games were very different
this year due to Covid and one alteration
that stood out for me was seeing medalists
in the team sports proudly placing medals
around the necks of their team-mates as
they all stood together on the podium rather
than simply taking their own medal.
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Teamwork is so important in all parts of life, so how did “Team Jesus” do
this Summer? Our lectionary readings for July & August began with
Jesus sending his hand-picked team out two by two to teach, preach
and heal using the power given to them by God.
In August we heard of the growth of “Team
Jesus” as more and more people heard, and
responded to, his call. That same team has
carried on growing and working together right
up to the present day. Now we are the team;
not just the team of three churches but the team
of many members the world over, not of “Team
G.B.” but of “Team J.C.” We may not be able to
emulate the Olympic athletes physically but we
can certainly outshine them in teamwork,
mutual respect and love for each other.
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With God as our team manager and Jesus as our captain we can’t lose!