Monthly Update

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NewS Highlight

After the staggering events of Jesus' crucifixion and his mysterious resurrection, the Gospels tell us that he appeared to many of his followers. At night in the locked room in Jerusalem, along the road to Emmaus, in the early hours of a failed fishing trip on the beach, Christ pitched up. With nail-scarred hands, feet and side, He was not locked out by walls or doors, distance didn't hinder Him, and even a lack of faith didn’t seem to matter too much.

Mary and many others were at first terribly afraid; Thomas refused to believe it until he actually touched Jesus' hands and side; and it is clear that none of them had a clue about what it all really meant. Peter and the others received forgiveness on the beach and an enormous catch of fish (John 21), and then Christ promised the help of the Holy Spirit and commissioned each follower: "All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19 & 20, NRSV).

We who follow Christ trace our beginning back to this moment. We have walked the Easter journey with the Disciples and with Jesus, and we too pick up Christ's Commission. We have explored some of God's extravagant generosity in what we love about Bay Life, the people who have blessed us along the journey, and our hopes for the future of God's work among us.

During May each member should receive a letter outlining every responsibility from operating the computer to playing a musical instrument; from welcoming people at the front door to volunteering at the Op Shop or Cafe. This is an opportunity to review the good work each of us are doing in response to God's extravagant generosity and to fulfil Christ's commission. Please may I also encourage you to consider carefully your financial contribution, and to give as you are able. Every pastoral conversation, each prayer, each act of love helps in "…teaching them to obey everything" Christ commanded. Together, we are part of the team which St. Paul called the Body of Christ.

From Bay Life Council: thank you! These things make an enormous difference. Through the power of God's Holy Spirit, these faithful actions transform lives, they bring hope, and they are a concrete reminder that Christ IS with us now, and to the end of the age.

May God bless you,

Stephen

Up coming events

Extravagant Generosity Celebration service All welcome: Sunday 5th May at 5pm followed by a light supper and fellowship.

Please visit this page often to stay tuned with upcoming events.