A while ago we held a day of prayer: “Thy Kingdom Come.” Members of the SSCB Church Family booked a slot, prayed at home and fed forwards (by email, phone and Zoom) what they had heard, sensed or simply become aware of. Some themes emerged and the Kirk Session spent time praying, discussing and taking action.
We want to come to you for accountability, support and wisdom. We want you to take action, as you discern God’s calling on you.
The seven headings are the general groupings we identified from that day. This was exciting because seven is a Biblical number often referring to completion and perfection. (So clearly if we can just do these seven things, our lives will be complete and we will be perfect!) For example, on the seventh day, God rested. Later, Jesus would speak seven times from the Cross as He came to the completion of His earthly rescue mission.
It was also exciting because these seven themes reflected what the Kirk Session had, separately, begun to sense during a time of prayer and seeking God’s vision.
So we are calling on everyone in the Church Family to help.
We want all of SSCB (people and buildings) to be saturated in prayer, and that means asking you to pray. We will look at Prayer as one of the groupings later in this series, but we need you to pray, seeking God’s wisdom that we are not acting out our own plans, but are discerning God’s plans for us.
We want to be active in mission, and that may mean laying down other things first. We have already seen that the season of a CAP Debt Centre here has drawn to a close, but how else can we show God’s love to others? How can we take our hope in Jesus out of the building and into the community?
This is refreshing and uplifting, not least the sense of togetherness we felt on that day of prayer and the “Lavender” series of E-pistle articles which came out of it. This is also challenging because although we keep hold of our faith, we can easily leave our deeds until the next Sunday. Maybe you, too, will look at the topics and see a large neon sign saying, “This includes YOU!” Happily, Scripture encourages and does not accuse:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)
So, please, be enthused. And be prepared. We will walk through these topics and invite each other to lift them up – to lift each other up – as God calls us.
[from Timothy Pitt]