Stepping out in Faith

This past weekend in Aquitaine, Charlotte Sullivan was ordained as Priest, Tony Lomas was made Area Dean, and I got to speak and lead the service at Bordeaux on Sunday. This was important to me as I wanted to say three things to them. 

Firstly, this is their time. Time to move into mission and reach out. Charlotte’s appointment, with the financial support of ICS, is not about business as usual, it is a new moment for the church and its mission.

Secondly, we pray this church continues to develop as a community of welcome. Bordeaux is a wonderfully mixed congregation and our prayer is that it is marked by an invitational emphasis, drawing people in.

Finally, it is a time to dare greatly. Now is the time to be stepping out in faith. Refusing to play safe because it is the safe thing to do. As Jesus put it… It is about dying to self. About wheat falling in the ground, but life comes.

I finished my talk with a quote from Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the USA.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the person who points out how others stumble,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs,
who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst,
if they fail,
at least fail while daring greatly,
so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

It was a joy-filled amazing weekend. Glory to God!

 

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