We start a new series in our Sunday afternoon meetings, thinking about what it means to grow in Christlikeness, and specifically, how to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.
Continuing looking at the 'For the life of the world' material - we will consider the world of our work, of our creative service.
Yesterday was a great celebration of both 2 years of the Vida Urbana community, and 10 years of Urban Life as a whole. Some amazing food was made - huge thanks to Mery, Yoly, German and Constanza, Tumsifu and Tabitha. It was a real feast.
We welcomed some past members, other friends and supporters, and members of our advisory group. We celebrated, remembered all God's faithfulness over these years, and looked forward to the future. We thought about Hebrews 12:1-2 where we read this:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. (NLT)
We stand in the line of millions who have lived the life of the faith before us. Hebrews 11 lists many of them - Abraham, Moses, etc etc - and we know those through the history of the church who have run the race before us. But it's our turn now. We are on the track for this part of the race. We live in this generation among these cultures, and it's our responsibility to reach out with the love of Christ to bless those around us and share his message.
The relay baton is in our hands now. We are cheered on by the crowd of witnesses who've run the race before. So let's throw off what slows us down and holds back. Let's fix our eyes on Jesus, and receive faith to keep going until our part of the race is done and we hand the baton on to the next runners.
Urban Life Communities meeting together - 11am tomorrow morning. St Chads Centre.
Brunch together first, followed by worship together.
On Saturday 8th September at 4pm we will be having a celebration of 10 years of Urban Life! We will be having time for food (Latino and African), meeting friends, celebrating all God has been doing, and spending some time in worship, praising and praying for the future.
Urban Life Communities meet together at 11am - Sunday 5th August - St Chads Centre.
Bring something to share for brunch and then Mike and Adam will lead us in our worship together, considering what it means to truly praise God in Psalm 117.
Remember - tonight at St Chads Centre at 6pm... bring and share food from different cultures at the...
The UL Normanton Community is planning to go down and join in with this today. Bring a picnic and join in the activities. We will head off at 4pm for our regular meeting at St Chads.
Urban Life communities - followers of Jesus living life and bringing life in an urban setting!
The blog gives a snapshot of our life together as we post things we are learning about; things we believe; songs we love; readings and prayers to strengthen and help us; and general information about what is happening in our communities.
So here are updates, reviews, reminders and support for those who are part of our communities, and a chance to 'look in' for those who are interested and wondering what we are all about.