In a world of broken relationships, hostility, and constant news of break ups and break downs it is a joyful and rare occasion when we get to experience ‘coming together’, restoration, reconciliation, and new beginnings.
Yesterday Jericho Road (the church I help lead) gathered together to begin a new journey with an old friend from whom we had been disconnected for four years. As in all situations where human beings are involved and God is invited…. blessings and curses abounded…. people got hurt, and many distortions of truth on all sides ran riot over the years. Both groups were ravaged and it’s only because we have a great and merciful God that we could ever come together, learn from our past, acknowledge our wrongdoings, and choose to appropriate God’s grace through Jesus on the Cross, and move forward together.
Yesterday we gathered together to draw a line in the sand and declare that we will no longer live wounded and ravaged but will move forward into a greater fulness of what God the Father’s love and kindness offers us. We want to bear witness in a fractured world that there is hope for healing, and it is possible for people who have wounded each other to forgive, and it is even more possible for God to raise us up to live in joy and hope again.
This is a wonderful yet fragile new beginning that will have to be worked out in ongoing conversations and relationships one at a time. But what a memorable and remarkable beach-head has been established for the Kingdom of God to take root…..
Here is the audio file of the proceedings on Sunday – without music and the breaking of Bread part of the service….. I invite you to walk alongside us and pray that what God is doing we will embrace with humility, gladness, and open hearts….
Please be patient it may take a few minutes to download…. thanks
here’s a great song as well…