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25 June, 2022

Churches join for Unity Week

Christian Unity and the Holy Spirit By Senior Pastor Simonea Barden, Chairperson Ministers Fraternal

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The Christian churches of Gilgandra met each night for a week earlier this month at various churches. It certainly is an unusual show of unity that the town of Gilgandra has displayed for more than 20 years.

In what was a cold, windy, wet week, it failed to subdue the passion and heart of people who love the Lord and come together to glorify Him.

Each night, each church spoke on the love in their hearts for others to know Jesus. In many ways the message was simple, yet confronting and a wonderful reminder of the Holy Spirit being poured out upon us to proclaim the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What a privilege it is to be called to visit the sick and lonely, the broken-hearted and the hurting.

To pray and be involved in the mission of Jesus Christ as followers. With messages from the bible, we were encouraged to consider that the living God has a plan for your life, that is in line with His will, regardless of age or situation or geographical location.

Once that plan is in our heart, we must live it out, learning from yesterday and making better tomorrows. As the example of Jonah showed us, “those who regard and follow worthless idols, turn away from their living source of mercy and loving kindness,” (Jonah 2:8 AMP).

He had turned away from God and the plan for His life and in so doing had turned away from Gods mercy, separating himself from God. Thank goodness his example of realising this when he hit a very low time, caused him to turn back to that mercy and love. We were challenged to live for Christ and consider what that looked like? For by grace, we are saved and called to live now.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can continue the pressing on, to begin and continue with Him as the sustained presence of our lives. Celebrating the week leading to the day of Pentecost the mixed multitude of believers were reminded that it is the Spirit that brings life to the church.

Regardless of traditions passed on for years and divided opinions, we believe in God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, God’s word, worship and to choose peace rather than divisiveness and be reconciled to God with the final word being peace. Baptised with one spirit we carry the Holy Spirit to minister and be ready and not foolish. We are the calledout church, a body of believers that Christ is coming back for. We are equipped with everything we need to serve Jesus’s mission.

We looked to the example of the captain of the Titanic a so-called unsinkable ship. The tragedy of notbeing prepared or trained for disaster. Pride leads to destruction and the thought of jumping into a half-filled lifeboat and leaving others behind should serve as a wakeup call now in the perilous last days. SS Californian was a British Leyland Line steamship that is best known for its inaction during the sinking of the RMS Titanic, despite being the closest ship in the area. As we stand firm in our faith, complacency, fear of failure and ignoring warning signals is not an option.

Without faith it is impossible to please God so being afraid to step out after being hurt or failing is again, not an option. We should be ready to recognise the signals going out of hurting people, people living without Jesus to ensure lives are not lost. The captain of the Carpathia, another boat close by to the Titanic, sensed the distress, prayed to God for direction and then turned the ship around and went full steam ahead through the ice fields. On the fateful night Carpathia was the first ship to respond to the distress of the “mighty” Titanic. Being a praying captain makes all the difference, although the journey may be rough, we join together being prepared to let the world know we care and as God has been there for us, He will be there for others.

The example of Jonathon and David from the bible demonstrates such a great love and honour for one another. To join for the cause of God like the love within the believers of Gilgandra. The connection we stand on is the Word of God and our love for God is the cornerstone of our faith. Covenant brings people together, taking communion as a church reminds us of the sacrifice of Christ. What do we remember? Salvation, healing and a great life to be lived.

As combined Christian churches we took communion together. This was such a wonderful display of unity. Gods’ generosity gives excessively, overflowing as 1 Corinthians 2:9 says but as it is written, “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

As we stand alongside others and comfort, cry with or laugh with, we have the living water flowing abundantly with love and hope within us and to those around us. We cannot fathom how wide or how deep the Father’s love is, but being deeply loved takes us to the cross, to the evidence of His love for us all.

The week concluded with a prayer meeting where we prayed together and know that God’s love and mercy would overflow into our town.

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