At St Anne’s, as a congregation, we have a vision that rejoices in the inheritance of faith we have in Jesus Christ, building on the past and looking to the future so we can pass on to future generations the love of Jesus.
As a result of some hard thinking and work in the PCC we have added to this vision as part of the ‘Transforming Church’ initiative in the diocese and have adopted the following:-
‘St Anne’s is seeking to be a home to invite everyone into.’
As a part of Christ’s church, we seek to respond to God’s Holy Spirit’s prompting and guiding to share Jesus love in our community. This Love we try to work out in prayer and action in our own lives and in the life of this parish as a worshipping community of Christians.
As a result at St Anne’s we seek to:
gifts God has given each of us.
In the Name of Christ
At the end of Holy Communion and many other services the minister says:
“Let us go forth in peace”
What, exactly, does it mean when we reply, “In the name of Christ”and say “Amen”to that?
Some years ago, while on holiday abroad, I went to a party where a member of the British Ambassadorial staff was present… though not correct. I’ve no doubt when he was with his boss his behaviour was as it should be, but on that occasion, even though he was representing his country, he behaved like a fool. The rest of us Brits were ashamed to own him. We felt he gave us all a very bad name. If we take our Christian discipleship seriously I believe we do go forth in His name, as His representatives, whenever, wherever and in whatever situation we find ourselves.
We are not just Ambassadors for Christ as we go to church, visit the sick or help at church functions and charity events. We are always His representatives.
When we’e tired and family or friends make demands on us; when it’ pouring with rain and the dog needs a walk; at work dealing with recalcitrant bosses, employees or customers; when charity collectors shake their tins and jangle frazzled nerves; when the phone rings half way through our favourite TV programme; when someone behind us takes the last space in the car park; all the time and in every situation we must do everything as His representative.
All Christianity may, at any moment, be being measured by the behaviour of one. And that may be me -
Though I did nothing actively about it at the time, I don’ like the idea of Sunday being a normal trading day and decided that I would never shop at Sainsburys on a Sunday, not even the week I had three unexpected dinner guests and had to disguise four ounces of meat with a lot of sauce so that each could have a little. Then, one Sunday, I visited a friend who was about to set off to buy her sick husband some fruit (you’e guessed it) from Sainsburys.
“What would Jesus have done?”I thought as I drove her to the car park opposite St. James’Church, as I followed her around the store and as I drove her home again. Later, as I chatted over a cup of tea, I felt sure that Jesus would have approved. There may be times when ‘In his name’ we may even do things that go against our consciences.
Several years ago I had an MRI scan. It meant lying inside a large tube that made an almost incessant nerve–angling noise. It lasted over half an hour. I just had to lie there quite still. What to do? Finally I decided to pray for my family especially for the non-
The king’ invitation is given to those in the highways and byways who had no claim on the king—they couldn’ have expected it, still less have DESERVED it. It came from the wide open arms of God the King of love and joy Himself and that invitation comes to us all, wherever we are just now…Think what we will miss if we don’t. reply with a resounding cry, “ord I’l come.”
There is a hymn that goes:
Forth in Thy name, O Lord I go,
My daily labour to pursue:
Thee, only thee, resolved to know,
In all I think or speak or do.
Let us go in Peace.