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Be patient

Jane and I have Rilke’s words on our kitchen notice board – next to that seminal passage of scripture, John. 3. 16. There have been many occasions when we have had to take its wisdom to heart. The Rilke poem was a gift from our wise Lay Reader at Harbour Churches, Susan Monks and, as with so much of her wisdom, it was offered with the generosity of God’s Holy and of giving Spirit.

I am so grateful for the way Susan has shared Christ’s ministry with us in leading our Being Human sessions. However, it has held me to account on how little opportunity I enable as Rector for Harbour Churches to be ‘a learning church’.

We make a claim that ‘teaching’ – one of our five marks of mission, is central to our life together. Sadly, I think that, at times, our blessing can be a curse in that we need to see the distinction that teaching does not always enable learning!

Over the coming weeks I will be reconsidering what it means for us to speak of being a church ‘nurturing believers – old and new, and skilfully developing discipleship’.

As we look ahead to celebrating the season of Advent, there will be many opportunities for us to discover the fullness of God’s love in Christ. So let us dedicate ourselves afresh to being open to all that we can learn so that we…

“May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

Ephesians 3:18-19


Every blessing

Jonathan

Rector

PS We are collecting new, unwrapped toys and toiletries for My Sisters’ House this Sunday (26 November) and next Advent Sunday (03 December). We will be delivering them to My Sisters’ House on Monday 04 December.

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