Once upon a time there was a family. See them huddled together in the loft with the door locked and the curtains pulled closed tight? They are scared as they wait to hear news of the nearby army invasion. Will they loose their home? They know they might loose their freedom, even their lives! They are waiting expectantly because they know how these battles go. One of their youngsters volunteered to go out to the edges of the town and find out what is happening with the battle. He’s going to come back with the news. Will it be bad, or will it be good?
If we have won the battle, if we will be safe, then he’ll shout, “euangelion!” Everyone knows this means, “good news”. It means we’ll be healthy instead of dead. It means we’ll be free instead of slaves. It means we’ll be happy instead of afraid and we can look forward to a good future!
Father God sent Jesus to die on the cross to win a worldwide battle for humanity. He rose from that death to bring us life to replace our own spiritual death euangelion!
Jesus defeated selfishness on the cross so we can live our lives for each other and find true contentment and real purpose euangelion!
Jesus suffered everything as a human but overcame it all as God. One of the great things about this awesome victory is that we can enjoy wholeness where we have been sick. We can be healthy and leave behind our mental and physical illnesses. euangelion!
Why come out to Pye Rec on Saturday? Don’t you have something better to do than give away balloons and popcorn to strangers?
Maybe, but I’m going to be there to smile and give stuff to people–as a small little gesture that says, “God loves you, no strings attached”.
Join me praying that people ask, “why?” Why are we are giving away free food at our Sunday Lunches? We do it because He loves us and we want to share a symbol of that love by serving an enjoyable meal, with some friendship thrown in as well. He is interested in putting a smile on people’s faces.
You’re invited to come and enjoy the Festival, the bouncy castle, our free popcorn, a CLC Sunday Lunch balloon.
And you’re welcome to have a go with the popcorn popping cart, the balloon blower-upper hand-pump.
You can even join us giving away invites to our Sunday Lunches and free smiles.
Why? Because He loves us and we want to share that love with others who He loves too.
Why? Because church comes alive in a dynamic fun way when we are together outdoors in the fresh air, in our communities, sharing our Life with new folks.
Why? Because He loves and He said to ‘go and make disciples‘.
I love worshiping Him by singing. It’s my favourite way to express my love to Him with others. But do you know what’s good about getting out of the four walls of our church meeting place? Witness!
Yes, our lives speak of Him every day. At the school gate in our relationships and at workplace–the respect and value we have for people is a witness to the God we serve and the Life of Him in us–as individuals.
But what about when we get out in the community to serve those He loves? We are taking action to communicate the Gospel to people who won’t hear it in our church gatherings. We are showing His love to those in a way that I think are answers to prayers for His beloved! And we are doing together what we can’t do alone. The Bible verse about a chord of three strings is not easily broken is used as an analogy for husband, wife and God. It can be used for us as His people working together too.
The Chesterton Festival, on June 17th, is a community event where we have can work together to express His unconditional love for unchurched in our community.
Similarly, this Sunday, 30th April, we can meet together at Daily Bread to litter pick the area and pray as an act of worship, being church without walls!
Litter Pickers, fun for the little ones
Here’s some ideas to get us started:
- All together: let’s dedicate this time to Him, thanking Him that we can be with Him anywhere,anytime–like now and here!
- In a pair: look for an area, a location or a landmark and thank God as you make your way to it. Thank Him specifically for who He is, what He’s done.
- on your own, or as a family: walk (or run!) to another location and when you get there ask Him for something for yourself, your family, neighbourhood and city. This can be quick and fun–why not try just blurting out a phrase? It doesn’t need to be formal. i.e. “sleep!”, “grades!”, “healed depression!”. He knows what we mean before we even ask. For example, kids run to the slide and decide what you’ll pray. Then pray it out on your way down the slide!
- your own idea: In the flow, try your own fun and informal way to pray on the move
- Together again to finish: Any prayers you overhead from others inspire you? Want to repeat a prayer you heard from one of the kids to cultivate your child-likeness? Go for it!