Ok, I’ve had enough! All Saints is not at home to Mr Negativity!
We have had a rough year. We’ve lost some precious people, we have had some very difficult decisions to make and commitments requested which have been, frankly, frightening. However, listen to this – I have been cleaning out some old files and I found one relating to our Community Meal. It is a letter from Elizabeth, dated September 11 2008 and it asks for support, financial or otherwise, to host a Community Meal.
The first meal was planned for Tuesday, October 21 2008 and the resources were not yet in place when Elizabeth wrote the letter. With prayer, loving support (and I suspect a somewhat forceful determination from a long-standing members) the meal went ahead. It was attended by about eight people. I don’t know how they felt at the time, personally I would have cried and said it wasn’t fair and sulkily gone about my business mumbling things about “lack of support” and “what’s the point” but not them. They kept going. Negative Nancy that I am, I would have seen an attendance of eight as an end – not a beginning.
But … if a further two came along each week for the first year that means (hang on, I need to go and find someone elses fingers to count on) 228 people were fed that first year!
If that growth continued, by the end of 2009 All Saints would have filled a need 516 times!
By 2010 approximately 804 meals were served. Obviously these numbers fluctuate but if we take 60 as a low average monthly attendance, by now the Church (being you and NOT the building!) has gifted a hot meal, warmth and company to a member of our Community 5148 times! Can you believe that? In our own quiet way we have fed the 5000!
As a member of All Saints you are a part of this ministry. When Jesus said “I will build my church” – he was talking about you. An amazing amount has been achieved and there is so much more to come, I’m excited to see where God will take us in the coming year. Some things will go, it’s a natural part of existence, there’s no doubt about that, but if we cut away some dead wood and focus the light of God on one area where our passions lie, a flame will be kindled and who knows where it will go. If we make a decision to give our first and our best, not our left overs and cast offs – we will continue to grow as a vibrant, life-giving part of our community and the visible presence of God in Ladner and beyond. This is going to be AMAZING!