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August 2013

August 30, 2013

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Thoughts From The Cottage

 

Dear Friends

 

Several times recently I have been led to realise how lucky we are at the 
Beacon Church Centre and the chorus of Johnson Oatman, Jr song has come 
to mind
                        Count your blessings, name them one by one,
                        Count your blessings, see what God has done!
                        Count your blessings, name them one by one,
                        And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
 
Compared with many churches we are very fortunate. For a start we have a wonderful 
suite of well maintained, practical buildings that are in use by church and community 
seven days a week. As a result of this we are, at the moment, financially sound and well 
known in the community. There are no parking restrictions or pedestrianisation schemes 
around the church making access very easy as do the nearby bus stops. On top of this, 
and perhaps most importantly, we have a loving, caring, welcoming fellowship despite 
the wide range of theological and ethical views present in the congregation. On Sundays 
we have good quality preaching based on sound Biblical teaching. We have embraced 
change to the building, worship style, music, technology and activities, all without the 
‘we have never done that and will not do that’ syndrome often found in churches. As a 
church we are not afraid to experiment. Our ministerial scoping has not been cut or our 
Minister asked to take on another church.
 
Of course we all have things we are not happy with, things we would like to change but that 
is our problem, not the churches, and may well turn out to be irrelevant. We are trying to 
build God’s church not our church so the crucial question is always ‘what does God want us 
to do?’ Maybe we want to see more people in worship and at church life meeting, maybe we 
would like more people to take on responsibility for tasks or join rota’s but the only question 
we can legitimately both ask and answer is ‘ am I doing all I can for my church?’ Perhaps we 
want to see the church have more impact on the community and more people who use the building 
becoming interested in the spiritual side of life but again the only legitimate question is ‘am 
I allowing my life to reflect God at all times?’
 
God has put us in the place we are, he has a task for us to do here and he has (or will) equip us to 
do it. Therefore we can relax, be happy and rejoice. We are at the heart of the community. People 
walk past us each day on their way to school or shops, many others drive past us. We are used for 
infant blessings, weddings and funerals. In the course of a month around 600 different people come 
onto our premises, some months it is significantly more if it is ‘Play Week’ or a Blood Donor session. 
We provide regular worship and offer prayer for the community and people are always ready to help 
friend or stranger. The Body of Christ is alive and well in the Beacon Church Centre so to return to 
that song
                        Count your blessings, name them one by one,
                        Count your blessings, see what God has done!
                        Count your blessings, name them one by one,
                        And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

 

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