God is at Work
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 5:14-16)
We are called to arise and shine for the glory of God is upon us. This is one of the signs of God being at work among His people. I know this is one of those sentences that we hear so often among Christians. Perhaps it makes people wonder if God really is at work or it is the preacher making things up! I will repeat this message, God is at work. I saw it last Sunday, not only during the Sunday Service, but also throughout the Newcomers Lunch. “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7
As you know, I arrived almost three months ago in Exmouth; since then I have been working hard to get to know and understand the Christ Church family. I have watched from a distance, listened and learned what people are saying and what they do not say! It is like climbing a mountain, I will only have a clear vision once I am at the top, and I still have a little way to go. However, one thing is obvious, God has been doing amazing things in our midst. "Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation" (Psalm 68:19)
As I have walked towards the top of the mountain, I have seen your pain and struggles, and I have prayed for you. I have seen your hopes and dreams, for these, I have prayed too. I have seen your expectations, and still, I pray. I have seen... have prayed and will continue to pray. I want to invite you too to keep praying for Christ Church and believe the greatest things are coming from places that we never expected.
Having met with teams and church members, in a formal or informal way, I have also been prepared to wait to see what will happen during this transition period. It has been a learning experience for me. I have seen the sacrifices and disappointment, the hurt and the pain, the tears and the joy. As I wait... you may ask, "you are waiting for what?” - I have been waiting for the Lord to come and say, "Go". I have said before that we are in a new chapter at Christ Church, but on Saturday I heard God saying that not only are we writing a new chapter, but we are writing a new book! There is much work to be done.
God is at work. This is a new season and time to be encouraged, but also to be alert and keep prayerfully watching over our church family. Together we will go to places that we never could have imagined; to places that nobody has walked to before. This is a new season where God is at work. Come with me and let us walk together "for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).
Sincerely yours in Christ
Bishop Josep Rossello, CCE Minister