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Pioneer Church

Missional God seeks faithful companions for a journey

Our God is a missional God, forever reaching out to bring healing and restoration in our relationships with him with one another and with our planet.  These relationships are out of sync and causing dysfunction on a global scale.  God has chosen to work through his creation to restore balance.  Many people and organisations are dedicated to restoring this balance, but the church is the only one that does so consciously in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 

Through Jesus, God has given us his teaching and the Holy Spirit to inspire and guide our paths.  We set out in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit to see God’s balance restored. 

In the past the church has responded to the missional impetus of God, but we got stuck; often venerating the past and increasingly became insular as the world around us becomes more and more out of kilter.  Jesus people cannot remain dormant, or we are no longer Jesus people.  Our calling is to engage as Jesus engaged; loving, serving, leading, giving of ourselves for the sake of others, and sharing our Saviour that more may know him and his life abundant.

The Towerlands Church plant is a clunky title for the missional impetus of God expressed locally.  It’s been a long time since we set out on such a bold journey and the culture is very different from the last time around.  We need to find the community paths, the common ways and common ground to meet and listen to the people’s aspirations, their hopes, and their fears.  We need to have servant hearts, sharing acts of kindness that in time may lead to hard to earn trust, we need to find where God is already loving in this place and join in.

Our early inspiration is to work towards an all age church plant.  But this is the end goal and there are many steps to be taken on the journey from here to there.  Our Missional God seeks faithful companions for a journey, so step out with us, come and travel at least some of the way, let’s open our eyes, our hearts, let’s expand our horizons and see where God can lead us today.

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A Prayer for Mission

Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times – Romans 12:12

 

Dear Heavenly Father

 

We come before You with joy and praise for all You do for us and all You have given us.

 

Father, at times we take You for granted, failing to recognise that without You, we are nothing, and that all we have comes from You.

 

Thank You, Father that we have heard Your call to mission within our community.  That You have brought together a group who are taking the steps You are guiding us on.  Thank You for all that the Forge Pioneer Course is revealing to us – that we need to be more Jesus-like, less passive and more active.  We pray that You help us to understand the teaching from this course and that we can apply that teaching as we go ahead in our mission venture in Dreghorn & Springside and Towerlands.

 

Uphold us and support us, Father in the times when we are overwhelmed.  Guide us in our mission step by step.  Help us to remember to listen for your word, Father, to guide us in the right direction.

 

We give thanks for the Leaders at Forge and Cairn who shine with Your love.  Bless all who are undertaking the Forge Course and the Learning Communities and guide the steps of each one in their mission projects.

 

Father, we ask that Your hand is in the appointments of the Pioneer Ministry Posts which will lead the mission across our Presbytery.  Speak to those who have the attributes needed to fulfil our mission tasks.

 

Father, we pray for all those to whom we will reach out in mission.  You know those within our community who are ready to have You in their lives.  Prepare the ground Father that we may plant the seeds of Your word in fertile soil, that it may grow and blossom.

 

Father we wait in Your presence; we listen patiently for Your guidance.  We ask Your blessing on all those in our congregations in Dreghorn & Springside, Mure and Relief Bourtreehill and that You will spark mission within all of us and that we will hear Your call and respond accordingly to plant our new church gathering.

 

We ask these things in Jesus’ name

 

Amen

 

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