This week, as we continue to look at the Diocesan Mission Action Plan in anticipation of the Rev Canon Mark Chamberlain’s visit next Saturday (9th July), it is significant that our Scripture readings talk about Jesus sending out His followers to bring in the harvest over 2000 years ago.

In Luke 10:2, Jesus tells us to pray to the Lord to send out labourers.  He does not say that we should pray for more observers, spectators or complainers.  He says that we should pray that the Lord would send out more labourers.

No one can honestly pray for this work to be done if they are not willing to do it themselves. We can’t just say, “Yes, God, send more labourers into the harvest.”  We must say, “Lord, let it start with me.  I want to be a labourer.  I don’t know what I can do or what I can offer.  I don’t have a lot, but what I have is yours.  I give it to you.”

The church today can be compared to a giant soccer game, basketball game or rugby game where 20,000 people sit in the stands and watch a few people do the work on the icy turf, the court or the field.  The church stands on the side-lines and shouts, “Go, team, go.” God is saying to us at the same time, “I want you down on the field, or the icy surface, or the court. I want you to kick the ball, throw the ball or score that try. I want you to be a part of what I’m doing.”

Let us, together, pray that we become fruitful labourers with hearts full of peace and the desire to grow God’s Kingdom here in Cashmere.

Your friend and Vicar, Kofe