I want St John’s to be a a ‘mad church’. Let me explain what I mean in case you think that I have taken leave of my senses. I want us to be a church that increasingly ‘makes a difference,’ not only to peoples lives, but to the whole community, in fact to every community where we have a presence. This week I had the privilege to give a cheque to the pastor of Bathgate Elim Church. It was part of the money raised in our recent giving day and will make a big difference to them. In recent weeks we have seen teams go out with the Bethany van to provide food and clothing to homeless folks, the sick have been visited, people prayed for and lives have been changed.
At the start of Advent it is good for us to remember that we worship a God who gave of himself. The gift of a baby, helpless and defenceless born in a stable, may not have seemed much of a gift at the time, but it was in fact the greatest gift ever, Emmanuel, God with us. Today we remember that God is still with us and is still making a difference to peoples lives. The incredible thing is that he lives in us, and longs to use us to make that difference in peoples lives, to see the poor fed, the sick healed and the captives set free. Yes, I want St John’s to be known as a MAD church, a church that Makes A Difference. God sent his son into the world, and now he sends us.