Welcome to the Pastors’ Pen – an update for life at Southern Cross…
Only three more sleeps until Food for Thought Sunday! This is a great Sunday to help us focus on our
core mission to grow followers of Jesus. We want to grow in love for our world in mission by letting
them know of the deep love of Christ for our world.
When you think of a part of the Bible that helps remind us of this, my mind goes very quickly to John 3:16! How great that as we journey in John we can move to this super famous verse! Please pray for Ritchie as he prepares – that he would be humble, clear-minded and wise as he preaches on Sunday 9am at SCG, 9:45am at LHS and then again from 5:30pm in South Lismore at Two Mates.
If you have friends, neighbours or family coming we will have some extra welcomers and Gabby will be on hand to offer connect cards to newcomers – but depending on who is coming we might not be able to get to everyone. But that is ok, we know that our Father God is the one who opens eyes to see the beautiful light of Christ. We will have some resources on hand for people to explore Christianity
including a full account of the gospel of John, Word One to One resources, A Fresh Start by the late
John Chapman, Confronting Christianity by Rebecca McLaughlin and The World Next Door by Rory
Shiner and Peter Orr.
Then, following our gatherings SCG will join in some food following their time together, 9:45am will
have the two food vans (Jom Makan mobile eatery and The Little Chef snack van) booked and a food van will be on site at Two Mates (see PM menu here). For those who can join us for lunch at 9:45am you will be able to order food following our time together in the hall, it will be a great way to keep the conversation going as well as supporting local business, so buy up big and remember to consider buying for your friends too.
But remember, don’t feel despondent if those you invite don’t join us. So far one of my invites is coming and the other one didn’t get back to me! But as you may remember Linda (one of our Global Missionaries) saying: “We are just one link in the chain, you never know who else might be praying or sharing Jesus with your friend.” So, don’t lose heart!
I’ll leave you with this great message from Corinthians to remind us we are part of a bigger story as we
share Jesus together… “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.“
1 Corinthians 3:6