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Life, Death and Resurrection of the Church

The life of the church is a strange thing at times, we can get so caught up in trying to keep the show going that we forget that there can be more than that to be done. At the Methodist Conference in 2017, there was a challenge for all the local churches across Methodism to come up with a “Growth Plan” or an “End of Life Plan” (on page 40 of the link).

It is the latter of these I’m thinking about. For some this has cast an image of closing tomorrow – or even today. But end of life is not about this moment but about what is to come. Some suggest that this can help free up resources, but also can help new life come. For we are Resurrection people, and that can be expected. However along with this for me I see that it lets us die well.

To not be afraid, to not let our heart be troubled, but to know the peace that we can receive. That we can plan how things will go, and not have the threat of things just ending, but rather allow peace to be present, and to support those who have long been faithful in a place.

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Posted by on June 16, 2018 in Ministry

 

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For ever and ever

For ever and ever

Jones, Jones, Huws
Morgan a Pugh
Each in their row
each in their place
The same old faces
the same old sermon
 
The Spirit visited
once long ago.
With a wild abandon
and not much time to stay
whipping up a furore
and bringing many in.
 
But now they lay in rows
neat around the walls
in God’s holy acre
with the box at its centre
kept in fine condition
for eternal praise.
 
But empty it now feels
the cloud around
does not fill the seats
only the faithful remnant
Pugh a Morgan
Huws, Jones, Jones.

 

Some reflections in poetry on the state of the church, again it suggests I’ve been on a retreat.

 
 

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