Being the Light

Dear Friends,

This Sunday we’ll be talking about why we call The Village MCC home, and a few folks will be sharing some of their thoughts. Is there anything you’d like to say? (Hopefully nice things!) If so then please email me and I’ll include your words in the service, or if you like you can read them yourself on Sunday .

sleepsafe_logoThis week we got some feedback from the police on the sleepsafe site ( Police Sergeant Richard Siggs wrote I think this is a fantastic website and one that should be supported and funded. It also should be put out there for all not just LGBT.

I’m happy that the flow chart on our site is helpful to anybody who finds themselves homeless, regardless of sexuality of gender expression. Sleepsafe may be focusing on LGBT homelessness but our work reaches into the wider community. I hope our work reaches all who need it and makes a difference.

As we come up on our first anniversary as a church I have to say that I am very proud to be your pastor. We are not a large group but we have big vision and the ability to really make a difference. So many in our church offer their time in the voluntary sector. Some run support or social groups, others go out into the cold and take clothing and soup to rough sleepers. Others make meals for community groups, support choirs, or those with special needs, or work with the elderly. Some of us work in twelve step groups as supporters and sponsors. Hopefully all of us offer a listening ear and support to each other. And then there’s the work serving as a church board member, lay delegate, events team members, safety officer, online service provider, or to each week ensure that refreshments are available at the church service, as well as much, much more.

I was reminded this week that St. Francis said Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary use words. He also said It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.

In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said You are the light of the world. I think what St. Francis is reminding us is that ‘the light’ that we bring is not just the finished product. It’s not just the end result, the web site, the charity, the outreach, the sermon or Sunday service; it is the journey that we make getting there. Our light shines throughout the process, because whatever we do it is an act of creation in relationship with God, and a witness to the calling of our hearts. It is our truth, our Gospel message!

I pray that God bless you this week, and as you walk your path that your light shine – wherever you are.


Rev. Michael.

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