July’s Filling Station
David Runcorn spoke to a packed hall on Singing in a Strange Land, faith and ministry in changing times. Drawing on 1 Peter 1:1 and other scriptures where exiles, foreigners, strangers and nomads are spoken of, he acknowledged that many of us who are people of faith may feel we are in unfamiliar territory but showed that this is not new, and that it is an invitation to journey, and for some will be a vocation and a gift and a pathway to an awakening. “It is the exile’s vision that can renew the cosmos, for only those who have in some sense or other, stepped out in faith without knowing where they are going, are free enough from our obsession with security and control to dream a different world.” Gordon Mursell.
David ended with the challenge of 1 Peter 3:15-16 “Do not fear what they fear and do not be intimidated but in your hearts sanctify Jesus as Lord.” His prayer was that our words and actions may melt those whose lives we meet into an encounter with the living God.