We started the new Connexional year a day early here in the West Norfolk ( Methodist) Circuit today with a welcome service for two new ministers. The Chair of District Graham Thompson preached, reminding us as he did throughout the service of the ministry of the whole people of God. He also reminded us of our humanity, speaking from the parable of the wheat and the weeds.
I am entering my sixth year as Community worker in this Circuit, I am also aware that this is my last year here in West Norfolk as I will be stationed as a probationary minister in September 2009. As I reflect on the work and how I have seen God work in and through my life I am more convinced that it is who I am rather than what I do that effects those I minister to.
When I am open and honest with people they are more often than not open and honest with me. I guess that I am harking back to my earlier post on vulnerability here, though perhaps the emphasis should be more on more about integrity. Integrity needs to become a hallmark of the whole people of God, we need to learn to value one another and to encourage one another towards that life of integrity- perhaps revisiting the emphasis on holiness held by the early Methodists....
... a new year offers us a new start, but then so does every new day and new moment, perhaps that is the most helpful thing we can bear in mind as we step into a new year, for the God of grace is with us, always willing to encourage, inspire and to forgive.