Christmas – celebrating God Amongst Us!
May we all know and experience the amazing love and presence of God as we draw to the end of 2012. It has been a year full of challenges and opportunities and we are grateful that we could share it with you all.
May I share with you the inspiration given us through the call to engage in seven spheres of life and culture that Loren Cunningham (founder of YWAM) shared with us back in the 1970s:
Business: may we seek to glorify God in all we do, acting with integrity and service. Let us challenge business practices that seek to exploit and oppress. Let us seek Fairtrade.
Governance: may we speak out for justice and expose corruption. Let us together hold our governments to account, working at all levels of governance to bring care for all. Let us care for our world and its resources.
Media: may we speak the truth through the media and seek to ensure manipulation, gossip and false interpretations of reports and news are exposed.
Arts and Entertainment: may we enrich our communities with art and entertainment that strengthen values of God’s Kingdom and demonstrate his love and compassion. Let us challenge the arts that seeks to destroy and dehumanise our world, promoting brokenness and deception.
Education: may we promote education that builds our capacity to develop and sustain life and wellbeing for all. Let us stand for access of education for all children.
Religion: may we encourage one another on to stand firm in our faith and boldly and compassionately to share the hope we have rooted in the Good News. May we be salt and light in our communities.
Family: as we celebrate Christmas let us be the present (be a gift) for our families sharing with them and interceding for their well-being. For all those who have been isolated from family – may we be family to them
This is our Christmas and New Year prayer for us all.
Have a blessed Christmas and thank you for all our shared fellowship.