‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.’ 2 Peter 3:18 (ESV)
As we go into September we begin a new session with the organisations restarting after the summer break with events and speakers being arranged. It is encouraging to look forward to a full season of activities especially after the disruption of the past few years and we look forward to how the Lord will use and bless these activities. Some of the momentum we achieved before the pandemic was lost but with Gods leading I pray that we can move from the maintenance model that we have largely had to adopt through that difficult time to a more missional focus where we look outwardly as a church to the work the Lord has, the mission fields he is leading us into and the workers for the harvest he is calling. Mission is often a word associated with overseas work but mission is a vital component of the local church and as such we need to make it a focus within our fellowship and each of the organisations within the fellowship. Each person and each organization has a vital part to play in the work of the Kingdom. On the front of every What’s On there is our church’s mission statement that reads ‘A fellowship of God’s people worshipping together, striving to serve and proclaim Christ faithfully, growing in knowledge and understanding of His Word, serving the people of Lossiemouth and beyond.’ It is my hope that these will not simply be words that sound good on our monthly bulletin but that they will be the reality of who we are and what we are about in Lossiemouth United Free Church. We live in challenging times for the work of the gospel within our land with increasing pressures for us to conform to the ways of the world but only by being salt and light in our communities and offering the hope of the gospel will we see change. Within the life of the church we have opportunities beyond the Sunday Services to pray and learn together and I encourage as many of you as possible to find something within the life of our church to tap into so that you may grow and learn together. Only by being fervent in prayer and by seeking the Lord and growing together will we be effective and equipped for the mission each of us is called to. Each of us have God given gifts and talents to use for the glory of God and by working together in harmony, each part of the body doing its bit, we will become a church that is Christ glorifying and God honouring. May the Lord bless our fellowship in the coming days not for our sake but for the sake of God’s eternal name and may you be encouraged in your service to the Lord.