Thought for the month of June
On 21stJune I will have been in Verwood as your Vicar for 2 years. During that time, I have got to know you, and you have also got to know me. So, I feel that now is a good time for us to think about our vision for this church for the 2020’s.
By now you will all have heard about the Vision days. The meetings will not be lasting a day, just a couple of hours, it’s not too much time to spare, so please do come along and contribute. Even if you don’t come with any definite ideas, who knows what amazing plans we can come up with by using the opportunity to sit and talk about it over a tea or coffee.
The word Vision is an important one for the church, it is biblical and gives us a focus beyond our current situation. It is important that we as individuals and as a parish know what we would like to see for the future of the church here in Verwood.
As I reflect upon the readings from last Sunday’s service, it is clear how much vision features in the early church. In Acts, Paul has a vision, which he is certain comes from God, and he responds by going to proclaim the Gospel to the people of Macedonia. His preaching there opens the heart of Lydia who is baptised, together with her whole household, and becomes a faithful supporter of Jesus Christ and his followers. Paul’s vision enabled the church in Macedonia to grow and bear fruit.
Have you ever felt inspired in this way? God speaks to each one of us today. Our visions need discernment and confirmation from others, but they shouldn’t just be dismissed.
The Book of Revelation provides us with a great source of visionary material. I have spoken about us including some ‘Blue Sky’ thinking at our vision meetings. John’s visions in Revelation give us an example of this. On Sunday we heard about the holy city of Jerusalem coming down out of heaven. When brought to perfection, we will no longer need the things we rely on now. There will be no evil and the tree of life will bring healing to all nations. All rulers and kingdoms will bring honour and worship to God whose throne will be there.
I am not suggesting that we can come up with a vision like that, ours will have a more temporary and earthly nature, but that shouldn’t stop us from dreaming big dreams. It is vision, together with prayer, that can help us to discern direction, and we pray for God’s guidance for the journey we need to take.
I look forward to working alongside you in our common quest to serve and worship God in Verwood,
as we open our hearts in faith to the Lord and pray for the coming of God’s Kingdom.