St Philip's, before I came back to Australia, had already identified at least six 'communities' that we currently or historically have catered to and served. Six communities that we are seeking to reach with the Gospel of Christ's death, resurrection and Messiah-ship. The six communities are made up of those who say:
- I live in the city (Residents)
- I work in the city (Workers)
- I value Anglicanism, and liturgy (Traditional)
- I want to get married in your church (Marriages)
- I have no home (Itinerant)
- I love music (Musicians)
So, I've based the next series to explore our mission field, and to begin to work towards communicating a vision for St Philip's by October, 2009.
THE RESURRECTION AND THE CASE FOR MISSION:
This Sun May 31
The Resurrection and the Importance of the City
Speaking with, and to the Residential Community
Sun Jun 7
The Resurrection and the Value of Work
Speaking with, and to the Business Community
Sun Jun 14
The Resurrection and the Hand of God in History
Speaking with, and to the Traditional Liturgical Community
Sun Jun 21
The Resurrection and the Sanctity of Marriage
Speaking with, and to the Wedding Couple Community
Sun Jun 28
The Resurrection and the Poor and the Restless
Speaking with, and to all those whose ‘boat’ feels rocky! (Itinerant Community)
Sun Jul 5
The Resurrection and the Creative Soul
Speaking with, and to all the music community.
I take it that since Christ has been raised as Lord, then he must reign until all things are placed under his feet, so that God may be all in all. So what does Jesus Messiah-ship mean for us as we try to reach at least these six communities?
That's the series.
Pic on Flickr by Life is Good (Pete)