Welcome to everyone celebrating with us today! We're celebrating what God has done, is doing and will do amongst us. We hope you will be enthused (literally: be filled with God) by what you hear and that you will stay for a cuppa after the service to hear more stories about what God is up to.
Please join us also as we celebrate the Lord's Supper together during the service. In it we remember the most amazing thing that God has done for each of us: covering our sin by His self-sacrifice on the cross. Indeed, today we celebrate most of all, " . . . that our names are written in heaven" (Luke 10:20).
Two weeks ago at our 3dm Learning Community we discovered that Passionate Spirituality (UP), Radical Community (IN) & Missionary Zeal (OUT) are the keys to fiery-hearted discipleship. [Just a fancy way of saying we need to be "sold-out" in our 3 dimensional faith.] We scored ourselves quite low on Passionate Spirituality, but quite high on Radical Community and Missionary Zeal. Our corporate "UP" is low because we find ourselves in a new space and phase of gathered worship. Conversely, our "IN" is high because of the same circumstances. Our "OUT" continues to be high as we power-on with our missional activities - I'm sure we're punching above our weight there . . . (and personally I'm very proud of all that we do responding to God's call to love the last, the least and the lost!)
Today, we'll hear how the disciples came back from mission, absolutely buzzing with excitement because they'd seen God's miracles unfold before their eyes. (Luke10:17) The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."
We need to see with eyes like theirs. It's time for us to unveil the miraculous from within our own midst. Name me another church that has 40-50 families come out of the blue for a playgroup. Name me another church that doubles its congregation with non-Christians attending a guest service. Name me another church that provides a ginger-bread house to every student in a school. Or one where the Principal writes with prayer-requests. Name me another church that has complete strangers fill in prayer-requests in an op-shop, or has volunteers joining regularly for community outside trading hours. Especially name me one where all this is happening at the same time!
Seriously, my dear friends, God is working his amazing miracles amongst us all the time, in an ongoing way. Community transformation is taking place around us and through us because God loves us and is blessing us. None the less, still let us rejoice more that our names are written in heaven.
God bless, Ian.