Picture the scene if you can, its your ‘classic family celebration’. Perhaps its a special birthday, an anniversary, a wedding or simply one of those times when you all get together because it is what you have always done – Christmas time being a great example.
You might catch up with those you’ve not seen for a while, or perhaps you have its just there hasn’t been that opportunity to really talk and find out how each other are doing? Maybe you meet some new faces for the first time, those who’ve joined the family since you last got together or of whom you have mutual friends? Do you attempt not to sound too much like a stuck record where younger generations are concerned, but in reality can’t help yourself in reeling off that well worn phrase ‘my how you’ve grown’? Is it a time where you share stories of escapades large and small, some grand, other more mundane that have transpired in the time between you meeting up? Do you find yourself reminiscing how things are not as they used to be, or just how things have moved on? No doubt you enjoy something to eat, perhaps someone usually suggests an activity or game, maybe says a few words – depending on the occasion.
This weekend is our Commissioning Weekend here at Battle Baptist Church. Only in its second year we’ve developed from last year where it spread across the weekend, to putting all the focus into the Sunday.
As Esther reminded us in her article last week, our Commissioning Sunday is a celebration for everyone of us. It is to this end that I believe its such an important occasion for us as a church family. It’s about taking a moment to thank God for all He has done – to celebrate His goodness. As the ministry of the church outworked over the last 12 months is showcased and shared, its a chance for us to recognise how God has been at work amongst us.
It’s also about dreaming of future possibilities, looking forward to the things ahead. I’m reminded how in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses, Del Boy on a number of occasions would say to his brother ‘Rodney, this times next year we’ll be millionaires’. I’m not in any way suggesting thats the kind of dream we should have, but as the creator of all things, I do believe we need to come to God expectant that He always has more for us. As Paul puts it in Ephesians 3:20:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
This weekend may we once again celebrate who God is, how He has worked in and through us this past year – demonstrated by the various ministries that are part of the life of this church. May we take the opportunity to connect with others who are a part of our church family – hopefully getting to know some new faces. May we come expectant for the season that He has ahead of us.
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