St George's at 7
As we continue to discern God’s will and direction for our service, the CLT felt it was important to keep the congregation as a whole informed of what we believe that direction is at this point in time and to give you an opportunity to feed back.
We are greatly encouraged by all that God is already doing among us. We want to give thanks for that, to bless that and to see God doing much more.
Our guiding principles are first to seek God’s face, his presence and his glory with all our heart and soul. Our prayer is that all of God’s people share that passion. A practical effect is that we will be happy to try new things that could assist our journey deeper into God.
Second we are delighted when God intervenes in a miraculous way in our services so we will encourage the development and use of spiritual gifts to build up the people of God. That will flavour all aspects of our life together but one practical area is the use of Listening Prayer to seek God’s word for individuals coming for prayer.
Third we want our service to be marked by ‘Committed participation’. We believe that everyone should be able to contribute as they are able; that we should look to build community with a real sense of membership; that we should be nurturing disciples of Jesus able to serve God in our church and in the world.
Our intention would be to be open to pray at any time in the service as God leads and to use a wide variety of approaches but all with the intention to actively engage as many as possible in actively praying for the needs in our world. Our prayer is that what happens on Sunday is just one aspect of a vibrant prayer life throughout the lives of our congregation.
Opportunities for Service
Many of you are already serving God in our church life as well as outside and we want to bless you for that. If you feel you would like to be more engaged talk to one of us. There are always opportunities for service.
Stepping out in Faith
We want to be a people of God constantly giving thanks for what He has done.
We would ask that you pray continually for:
• more of God’s presence and glory visibly displayed in our church;
• more of God’s healing power shown through healing of many inside and outside our church;
• more impact of God’s church here in Ashtead on our community.
Finally we would ask you listen to God and feed back to us what you believe He is saying to help us to discern His perfect will for us.
From your Congregation Leadership Team.
A transformed community for Christ – knowing Him and Making Him known
Mark Searle, 01/03/2009