Letter from the Probationer Minister - May 2017

Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

I have always loved this passage as it reminds me of the need for each of us to “stir up one another to love and to good works”. It reinforces the notion that has always been with me that it is good to meet together!! I have npw been with you all at Crown Church for 8 months now and I don't think it should come as a surprise to anyone that I just love when people get together!! My heart beats for fellowship with one another beyond our worship together on a Sunday morning. We have stirred up each other with some wonderful evenings of fellowship from the Thanksgiving feast, to the Girls Nights, The Burns Supper, music nights, Boys Brigade evening, to the Retreat and just this week my mother's 80th party. I think we like to be together at Crown and I feel we are one big family, a community of faith. Sure, we are different, we won't always agree, maybe we drive each other crazy sometimes, but do any of us belong to families that always agree, always see eye to eye, never get mad at one another? I doubt it! We just need to love one another! I think here at Crown we do love one another. “If we love one another , God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.” As God is, so his people should be.

Romans 12:4-5 “For as in one body we have many members and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” We need each other, we are not meant to be out on our own. All of us have something to offer, all of us have a value and a worth!
Thank Goodness we don't all have the same functions!! In Crown we have seen how good and pleasant it is to dwell in unity, working together as many members yet one body, knowing that Jesus Christ is in our midst, bearing one another’s burdens, comforting each other. We need each other and are stronger together than we are individually.

So in the next few months there will be several opportunities to get people togetover a meal, over a night of fun, walking together, a big day out. Let's work hard together at building this wonderful community of faith, let's work at getting together and encouraging one another! Every one of us can do this! Let's work hard at welcoming
everyone in to this great big beautiful family at Crown, all are welcome all are welcome!! Let's stir one another up to love and good works!!
Please see the CROWN DAY OUT invite! Let's all get together and have some fun!