“Renew My Church” is offering us a great opportunity…opportunity to be renewed not just from the outside but from the inside.
RMC is moving us to be responsible for our church not just today, but for the future generations to come, is moving us for being responsible for ourselves and our brothers and sisters who need our discipleship, our witness and openness. RMC gives us possibility for moving from the old and comfortable zones into something new and great. Are we not called by God to be one body in Christ? We all have different talents and these talents should not be kept to ourselves, they should be shared with others. We are all called to renew ourselves and renew our church. We as a church are called to be a sign of unity and an instrument of God’s peace among all people.
How can we all do this together? First, we have to be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, we need to be open to listen to each other attentively and to accept the new future with hope. We need to work together as one body in Christ, we need to be disciples of Christ and make new disciples for the future generations, we are called not to save our parish, but take responsibility for our grouping and the entire Church. We need to be open to work with other communities and share our talents, resources, and culture with them, but also be able to accept their talents, resources and culture. By doing so we are becoming greater and stronger. We need to have faith and love to accept others and make new disciples, we need to have hope and trust to accept some changes and move to a new future.
So, I would like to ask you for the next few months to pray for the grace of peace and patience, for the grace of openness, for the grace of faith, trust and wisdom. And when you are afraid or discouraged or upset, remember that Jesus is with us always until the end of the world, I as your pastor will walk with you on this journey of renewal.