Last week, I took some time off to recharge the batteries and refuel the soul.  It was a great opportunity to just take a step back and reflect on the last 5 months of our ministry together here at St Aug’s.

I reflected on the Lectionary theme for last Sunday and marvelled at God’s promises through Jesus the Good Shepherd who calls each of us by name!  Over the last few months, I have had to familiarise myself with many, many new names and faces; I have been embarrassed more than a few times by calling people the wrong name and I have had to offer the correct pronunciation of my own weird name to several individuals. And yet, Jesus remembers each of us – the millions that God creates – and in return, just wants us to love Him and love each other!

This week, we are reminded that Jesus, our Shepherd, is also the vine from which we grow and to which we cling. Sometimes we might not consider ourselves branches which form part of the vine.  Yet, each of us play an important role in God’s vineyard and we need to be reminded that He calls us by name to serve Him here in our parish family.  However insignificant we might feel, whether we rinse dishes after Mainly Music, vacuum church space floors, carry the cross on Sunday mornings, greet people as they enter our church home or deliver challenging sermons from the pulpit, we form those branches that Jesus talks about.  And we are encouraged to continue to serve our Lord Christ in this world by continuing to do the small tasks He gives us, and to be faithful through loving those around us.

Let us entangle ourselves in God’s love and together, grow as the St Aug’s vineyard, laughing together, working together and being together as God’s flock.

Your Friend & Vicar, Kofe