Wintry wrestling

My goodness it’s been a chilly weekend. For our leaders’ mini-weekend it brought a new meaning to the phrase “chilling out with each other”. We were meeting in a part of Headingley Mongolia that was only lightly blessed by any central heating. Mind you, whilst most were wrapped up in coats, gloves and scarves some hardy souls were sitting there in shirt sleeves – prizes for guessing who.

Nevertheless it was great to be together, sharing what we think the Lord is saying to us and preparing for the changes that we see coming in the next few months as we seek to re-locate to Headingley. And then on Sunday, once again we sensed the presence of God in worship and times of prayer and were riveted by Ian and Liz’s story.

The staff team are testing their mental faculties this week by trying to memorise Ephesians 3:20,21, Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work in us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus, through all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

As we think ahead, trying to imagine what the life of the Vineyard will be like in Headingley, all sorts of things pop into our minds, bad and good. You know, “we won’t be able to do this”, “I don’t like the thought of that” or “at last we can be like this”, “we can start to do that”.

However, the Lord is telling us (1) whatever we imagine, He can do more – so don’t set your expectations too low, and (2) it’s about following Him, worshipping Him, waiting on Him – rather than charging on with our plans and great ideas.

Alison had this word over the weekend, “the Vineyard is a people of the presence, it is our heritage as a people of God and we will not let go until He blesses us”.

So, with regard to our move, although we don’t have anything specific to tell you about yet, Alison and I do have a specific request for you (or for us - as a community), which is to wrestle with God, clinging onto Him until we have known His blessing (refer to James Garvican’s talk the other week expounding Genesis 32:22-32).

I would love it if, when the time comes for us to move, each of us were in a great place with God having heard His call, prepared ourselves for change and having been equipped to play our part, whatever that may be, in an adventure more exciting and more significant than anything we have yet imagined.
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