We begin with words which are formed into both a prayer and a call upon each of us. It is called the prayer of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador. For denouncing injustice in his country, he was gunned down in 1980 as he celebrated mass with his large congregation.
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent
enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning,
a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord’s grace
to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between t
builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders;
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
Today is a day about legacy, vision, commitment and action.
It is also a day about planting seeds [which is fitting given that we are about to start the Season of Creation.
What we leave behind us as we depart this earth is picked up by others to advance God’s kingdom into the future.
If we leave no legacy, we help create no future.
In a little while, we will be exploring the possibilities for our church in the near future, and how we will or won’t make it happen.
Let’s watch this video by the Skit Guys – about each of us being an original masterpiece.
By the way, what they don’t tell us is that Stacey Bell was killed in a car crash whilst in college.
Now let’s ask Cliff and Daryl to tell us about the mission plans associated with our properties.
All of us have gifts and graces as well as abilities to offer. While we may not see the results in our time – we have been beneficiaries of those who have gone before us, and people who bequest a legacy to those who come after.
On your tables is a document called ‘The Future of the Jamberoo campus of the UCA’.
In it we outline the recent events in helping to create a more fully utilized venue while outlining the current realities of the use of these buildings.
We then place before you some options that the Church Council are considering and how you can be planners and advocates and workers towards a new future.
We place this before you to be seen in tandem with the subdivision, restoration work of Jamberoo and Kiama and the proposed building plan.
Please spend a few minutes now on your table discussing what you read and thinking about what you can offer in terms of your gifts and abilities.
So we go forth – treading softly upon the earth, but proclaiming boldly the words of Jeremiah that God has a plan – a plan to bless us – to give us hope and a future, and that when we search with all our hearts we will find him.
May God’s covenant with us be the same as our covenant with God as we pray for, as we resource, build and serve God’s kingdom.