CREATING THE FUTURE
In 1972, as a 12 year old, I heard a song from my then hero – John Lennon – called ‘Happy Christmas – War is Over’.
The words that most stuck with me then as now are:
‘So this is Christmas, and what have you done?
Another year over and a new one just begun.’
This raises questions within me –
• What has changed?
• What remains?
• What is new?
• What has grown?
• What has been transformed?
Our two readings are focused on light and love coming into the world, on newness while giving us the opportunity to reflect on our past [the blessings of God] or our present standing with Christ [through his sacrifice] and the future while we remain in this light.
These are issues not just for ourselves and friends, family and community but for our church.
We are at the threshold of our church’s life
• we have plans to expand and change worship,
• change and expand our buildings, explore new ways of reaching out and
• Letting go of the things that may be hindering us.
Recently, I come across a UCA minster’s blog – Rev. Stu Cameron from Robina UCA in Queensland.
In one entry he writes a letter from the future Robina UCA from 2050 to New Life Robina UCA of 2015.
I want to share some of this with you.
LETTER FROM THE FUTURE
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN:
1. What might the Kiama and District Grace Life Church of 2050 say to the Kiama-Jamberoo UCA of 2015?
2. What groundwork are we setting up for them?
3. Which of our resources are we promoting forward?
4. What advice might we give to the church of 2050? [Remember that we follow the wisdom of the elders – without necessarily repeating their ways?