This Sunday we will look at our next core value, or 'Habitus' - "HUMBLE UNITY". In John 17, Jesus prays for us, His followers, who would come after the disciples, and this is what He prays:
‘My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:20-23)
Over the centuries, the Church has found itself dividing and splitting, as each faction claims to be right, while denouncing the other as wrong. It does little to answer the prayer of Jesus. While we must celebrate the diversity of the Church of Jesus Christ, and what each tradition and community of faith brings, we must also walk with one another, understanding that we walk humbly with God and with one another - a walk of 'collective love', of "humble unity".
This Sunday we will celebrate communion together. It is an expression of this "humble unity" as we gather around Christ, the Cross and the Empty Tomb. All humanity is the same before the cross of Christ. It is the great leveller in such a divided and fractured world.
But we are not just connected together as God's people locally at Trinity or in Perthshire. We are united as the People of God across the Nation and the Nations - the Church around the World. We stand shoulder to shoulder in Christ and the Spirit. This Sunday afternoon, churches and Christian Organsiations will join together in a live service of Worship and Prayer in light of the COP26 conference. Here's a link to a short video about this event...
The Live Service begins online at 3pm this Sunday (7th November) and you can join it through Tearfund's Facebook page or by clicking the following link...
Yesterday, we did have the first day of work on the sewer connection in the new building - Praise God! It is just the first steps but we are thankful for them. Please continue to pray that things will move swiftly and smoothly (no puns intended!).
Thank you Church.
Grace and Peace