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From the Manse.....

The past couple of weeks have seen the Labour and Conservative party conferences taking place in Brighton and Manchester respectively.

There, they have unveiled to their faithful and loyal supporters, the nation and further afield something of their vision for the future.

They have spoken of what is important to them and how they would seek to address the multifarious needs of our country and to move forward.

Strap-lines and sound-bites have filled the airways and news bulletins as they have tried their hardest to garner support for their plans and delivered their manifestos.

Setting out your stall, sharing your values and ideas is nothing new of course and I am reminded of that passage in Luke chapter 4, where Jesus does just that and leaves no room for doubt as to where his priorities lie.

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour
.'

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, 'Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.'

What about us though? Well, "A Methodist Way of Life" comes readily to mind.
The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.
As far as we are able, with God's help:
Worship
We will pray daily.
We will worship with others regularly.
We will look and listen for God in Scripture, and the world.

Learning and Caring
We will care for ourselves and those around us.
We will learn more about our faith.
We will practise hospitality and generosity.

Service
We will help people in our communities and beyond.
We will care for creation and all God's gifts.
We will challenge injustice.

Evangelism
We will speak of the love of God.
We will live in a way that draws others to Jesus.
We will share our faith with others.

Why as Methodists should we seek to do this?

Quite simply, in order that we might be a blessing both within and beyond God's Church all for the transformation of the world.

So, let us get on and do just that!

With love and God Bless

Keith

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