We are so fascinated by love. It tugs at our hearts, our being and our existence. It is glorious; it is tender; it is strong and it is vulnerable. We are all endlessly searching for love and, when we find it, love has the tendency and capacity to turn the whole of our lives upside down and inside out. It is precious and pursued by us all.
Song of Songs 8:7
‘Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned.‘ NIV
As I write, St Dwynwen’s Day, the Welsh equivalent to St Valentine’s Day, is being celebrated, and Valentine’s Day is a mere 9 days away. Shops and the internet are full of adverts to get us to part with our money in exchange for something that might stand a chance of expressing our love.
However, our Christian experience and Faith tell us that we have discovered the greatest love story ever. The love of God for each and every individual is a love so powerful that is able to take us out of death. It leads us, and gives us life.
As you may well remember, we have been working on our mission and purpose statement for the next stage of our life here at St Mike’s. After a long study and house groups’ discussions, followed by consolidating the feedback from our small groups we settled on ‘Loved by Jesus: Sharing his love’. We want to be partakers of this love story, and we want to live it out in our daily lives. In addition to our mission statement we have been thinking about how we are going to express it practically.
To that end, we settled on three measurable statements based on Micah 6:
Walk humbly – knowing our need for God, desiring Him above all and growing in His word and the Holy Spirit. Act justly – getting involved wherever we can and whenever we are able, to change the unjust systems of this world.Love mercy – see others as precious ones, recognising their intrinsic value to God and expressing God’s love to them.
Put simply: Walk Humbly, Act Justly and Love Mercy.
Very soon, all of our branding, letter heads and church signs (including a new sign on the front of the church) will also have the new mission statement and a new and exciting logo. We will also be preaching on our mission and purpose statements, encouraging each and every one of us to own them for ourselves and live them out in our daily lives.
Enjoy and live the greatest ever love Story! The story of God and his people!