Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.
Mark 6:30-44, A Welcoming Church: Food, Fellowship & Faith
A welcoming church knows the importance of gathering people around tables and having conversation over a meal or a drink because it can develop friendship and build relationships in spite of their differences. It is when people share a meal they may become close to each other and close to God. Therefore, welcoming churches need to view their food and drink as ingredients in building Christian community.
In the gospels, the practice of hospitality has almost always involved eating meals together – Jesus feeds the five thousand, the Lord’s Supper, Jesus has a meal with Levi the tax collector, meals at the houses of Pharisees, the meal with Zacchaeus and the list can go on and on.
In today’s text, when Jesus’ disciples suggest sending the crowd to get their food as they concern about the people’s hunger, Jesus stops them and says, “You give them something to eat”(v 37). Here Jesus declares a call to action; the practice of hospitality. Furthermore, in verses 39-40, “Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups… of hundreds and fifties.” This Jesus words reminds of calling the family to the table; sit down and eat together, no one ate alone.
Every time we sit down to eat and drink together there is the possibility that people will be connected with one another and develop relationships, a sense of community will grow, and God’s presence will be felt. Christine Pohl points out, “Through hospitality we discover the ways we are both alike and different… When we welcome other people into our lives, we create space in which each person’s gifts and insights can be shared.” IL-WOONG.
Stuff. We all carry stuff – some good, some not so good. And when we come to church, it’s easy to leave our stuff in the parking lot, then walk into the church building with a smile, as if our stuff doesn’t really exist. But what if the invitation from Christ is something different, and what if your church can communicate that invitation with clarity and inspiration?
Luke Ch 9-19. In this video we explore the central part of Luke’s Gospel which recounts Jesus’ long road-trip to Jerusalem. He continues his controversial announcement of good news for the poor, which increases his conflict with Israel’s religious leaders. This tension provides the setting for the famous parable of the Prodigal Son in which Jesus summarizes what he is all about.
The Religion of Football – life as an NFL chaplain “People want something they can put on a jersey … It is a religion. It has a liturgy to it. Troy Murphy serves as a chaplain to the Green Bay Packers. In this interview, John Dickson asks him about the religious function of football in American life; how he helps players navigate the pitfalls of fame and fortune at a young age; and what it’s like to be offered a Superbowl ring.
For Beauty and Glory: SPARC National Gathering Sydney 11-12th August.
DVDs of the Week:
Lion. A five year old boy named Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometres across India, away from his home and family. He must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology know as Google Earth, Saroo sets out to find his lost family and finally returns to his first home.
Like a Country Song Rising country music sensation, Jake Reeson, has the whole world in his hands until he lets his ego and partying lifestyle get the better of him. Struggling to deal with the hurt of losing his father, Bo, at an early age, Jake turns to alcohol as an escape. But when his promising singing career falls apart, Jake is forced to take a hard look at himself. Soon after he discovers his mother, Mia, has been harbouring a painful secret … Bo is very much alive. To protect Jake from the anguish of knowing what his father had become after a tragic car incident involving his sister, Mia thought best that Jake believed Bo was dead. Jake eventually has an encounter with Bo on the street that sets off a chain of events, bringing his life crashing down. Can Jake restore the relationship with his father and bring reconciliation to his family?
Compose Yourself! A model designed to help parents respond well when they discover their young person has viewed pornography.