June had refreshed us all with tea and coffee on Sunday morning at Hanwell Fields before Sam, leading our worship for the first time, said that she was thinking and praying about a picture that had been shared with Jubilee Church in a couple of ways recently. The picture was one of a “Freeway”. A freeway is, to us in the UK, a motorway. She found the following on a blog and used it to start our meeting together:-
"I think my favourite word picture when it comes to this waiting on God idea, is freeway driving. If I am driving on the freeway and don’t see a clearly marked exit, I don’t just turn off. I keep driving. I am faithful to the last direction the Lord gave, and I trust that I am growing in faithfulness, steadfastness, maybe long-suffering. I trust that I will be notified shortly before, but in just enough time, to turn off. I keep my eyes peeled, alert to distractions, present in the adventure, and I wait on the One that designed the system to indicate the time to turn off… into a rest stop or onto a beautifully slow country road; maybe it is a glorious expedition into new lands; perhaps the turn is a rocky detour and I lament the turn, looking back and thinking the freeway was much smoother… but regardless, I must remember that this whole journey is more about trust and relationship than right directions.
And so my friends… as we venture together, let’s stop doubting the faithfulness of the ONE who is most faithful, the One who gave His life for you, the One who is FOR you. And let’s keep on keeping’ on. I for one, am excited for that next exit, whenever it may come."
Accompanied by Mark on piano and Leon on drumpad we continued into a time of worship centring on Jesus and the Father who by grace has saved us. We were encouraged to be “out of our depth” in his love. We were encouraged to think of times when only God can support us. He is wanting to be the one that we depend on. Singing songs old and new we enjoyed being in his presence and hearing afresh from him through the prayer and sharing of the group. Mark shared Psalm 121, “we lift our eyes to the hills. . .” we are always on the up toward the Lord!
Fran reminded us of the need for fellowship and encouraged us to come together during the week. An opportunity for this is to eat together on Tuesday evening, from 6pm and share in a bible study form about 7.30. Peter asked for prayer support for his visit to the Catalyst leaders day in Wednesday at Milton Keynes.
Peter shared an introduction to the letter to the Philippians, ch 1 vv1-7. This was a letter from Paul and Timothy to friends. Paul had been there at the start of the church and includes all of them in the letter as “saints!”. Peter emphasised that we are all saints. The word means holy ones where holy denotes separated from something. We are separated from the world and set apart for “works of service that he has predestined” (Eph 1: 4;4:12) asHelen had reminded us in the worship time: "before the world was made we were chosen.” Peter described the works of service that a shepherd or overseer might do and said that in a small community like ours we were all looking out for each other. We are “fellow workers in the gospel”, Paul says. He encouraged us to think about the surveys that we get sent after we have holiday or visit a restaurant. They usually ask “would you recommend us to family or friends?” “Was it one of the best meals you have had?”Let us challenge ourselves about the gospel. It is good enough to tell our family and friends that this good news provides us with the best God can give for our lives.