Hi Church,

This past week I have for the first time been ‘enjoying’ what so many people in Victoria have ‘endured’ for quite some time – isolation. After presenting with symptoms congruent to COVID-19, I was ‘brain-tickled’ and then fortunately received a negative result. But for the time from when I had symptoms, until I received the result I was in ‘isolation’, not able to venture from my home, and not even able to hug my wife!

I struggled with a few days, so for those of you who because of health issues are still in self-isolation, or our sisters and brothers in Victoria who are under a enforced ‘lockdown’, I have total compassion and empathy for what you are going through. 

But it makes you think then about what the church is. I am grateful if one thing that we learn from COVID-19 is that the ‘church’ is not something that we go to, or something that we do, and we instead realise that the ‘church’ is who we are.

At our most recent Parish Ministry Team meeting we elected a new chairperson of our Parish, Mr. Martin Oldfield. You will know him from a few weeks ago when he shared part of his story and God’s message to us on Father’s Day.

I am excited about working with Martin to lead us to fully realise that we are the church, and that we exist for the world (and definitely not the other way around). Martin is passionate about following Jesus, and my prayer (and I hope yours as well), is that he will lead as chairperson a Church that is more in love with Jesus above and before anything else.

Because if we are in love with Jesus, that is when love truly does come to life, because it is obvious and evident in our actions as who we are and what we do as the church, because as Jesus said “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”. 

So let’s seek to love God and love others, and being the church in all that we do and in all that we are.

In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Ben.

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