Vision 2022

Vision 2022

George Methodist Church

VISION 2022

Jeremiah 31:3-14

Rev Peter Veysie

Sunday 21st November 2021

8am and 10am

3 The Lord appeared to us in the past,[a] saying:

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

I will build you up again,
    and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt.
Again you will take up your timbrels
    and go out to dance with the joyful.

Again you will plant vineyards
    on the hills of Samaria;
the farmers will plant them
    and enjoy their fruit.

There will be a day when watchmen cry out
    on the hills of Ephraim,
‘Come, let us go up to Zion,
    to the Lord our God.’”

7 This is what the Lord says:

“Sing with joy for Jacob;
    shout for the foremost of the nations.
Make your praises heard, and say,
    ‘Lord, save your people,
    the remnant of Israel.’

See, I will bring them from the land of the north
    and gather them from the ends of the earth.
Among them will be the blind and the lame,
    expectant mothers and women in labor;
    a great throng will return.

They will come with weeping;
    they will pray as I bring them back.
I will lead them beside streams of water
    on a level path where they will not stumble,
because I am Israel’s father,
    and Ephraim is my firstborn son.

10 

“Hear the word of the Lord, you nations;
    proclaim it in distant coastlands:
‘He who scattered Israel will gather them
    and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’

11 

For the Lord will deliver Jacob
    and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they.

12 

They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion;
    they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord—
the grain, the new wine and the olive oil,
    the young of the flocks and herds.
They will be like a well-watered garden,
    and they will sorrow no more.

13 

Then young women will dance and be glad,
    young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into gladness;
    I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

14 

I will satisfy the priests with abundance,
    and my people will be filled with my bounty,”
declares the Lord.

As we come to the end of another year seriously hindered by covid and the challenges we have all  experienced, I am grateful that we have been able to continue the work at GMC and also offer hospitality to many other groups both in our church and from the community – Carpe Musicam, Junior city council, Neighborhood watch, Options, Gideon’s as well as many other  groups. As much as this is very exciting in terms of serving the city, we are coming to a time now when prayerfully we will be able to gather,worship and get involved in the work of the Lord.

As we move forward into 2022, I believe that the Lord is calling us to step up into the new and and embrace the plan He has for us.

I was reminded again of the scripture that the Lord gave to both Deb and I 8 years ago from Jeremiah 31:1-14 and I believe that it is still relevant for us going into 2022.

We are a discipling, loving ,family church, serving Jesus Christ.

We are going to focus in every area of our church and ministries on 8 specific areas :

  • Prayer – more commitment to prayer times weekly and also a monthly corporate time of worship and prayer on a Saturday from 6.30 – 7.30am – yes it’s early but you can still get to the Parkrun. We will also be calling on some you to serve in the prayer room – which is getting a facelift as we speak as well as during our services. Matthew 6:5 – 15

Jeremiah 31:4 Build up God’s people again through prayer and watchpeople on the walls verse 6.

  • Creativity – we are a creative church and need to see how Debbie’s hand and eyes transform things, but we need to be creative in all that we do – live creatively friends. Galatians 6:1-3.
  • Justice – we all have both justice issues that rise up in our own hearts, but also those that rise within the church and so we need to see what areas in 2022 we need to support collectively. Gender base violence is an example as well as child headed families etc… Micah 6:8 bring back the blind lame and weeping vs 8 and 19.
  • Hospitality – as I have said already, we host a number of groups at GMC, but we need to monitor and control this carefully. It is also a question we need to be asking ourselves as to how we need to offer hospitality. 1Peter 4: 9 Offer hospitality without grumbling !!! Hebrews reminds us not to forget to “entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2).Hospitality can be defined as “the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.” In the New Testament, the Greek word translated “hospitality” literally means “love of strangers.” Hospitality is a virtue that is both commanded and commended throughout Scripture. In the Old Testament, it was specifically commanded by God: “When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt” (Leviticus 19:33-34, emphasis added). Lead them beside still waters verse 9 and redeem the strangers verse 11.

During His public ministry, Jesus and His disciples depended entirely on the hospitality of others as they ministered from town to town (Matthew 10:9-10). Likewise, the early Christians also depended on and received hospitality from others (Acts 2:44-45; 28:7). In fact, travelers in ancient times depended heavily on the hospitality of strangers as traveling could be dangerous and there were very few inns, and poor Christians could not afford to stay at them, anyway. This generous provision to strangers also included opening one’s home for church services. Hospitality was indeed a highly regarded virtue in ancient times, especially for Christian leaders (Titus 1:8; 1 Timothy 3:2).

  • Mission -Both local and outside mission for 2022 will be done alongside of existing organisations and churches.Proclaim to distant coastlands verse 10 and the scattered must be gathered. We are planning a mission to the Langkloof in the Karoo which will be a weekend of worship, workshops and living in community with our tents and caravans.

Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 13:47

For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “ ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”

Mark 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Romans 10:13-14

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

  • Learning/preaching and teaching –  Plant and water verse 5 we will be having a combined bible study in the new year at the church with breakaway small groups and from these we will be planting new home groups. We also will continue with some exciting series in 2022. Our children’s church, youth church and our oldies are all geared up for planning their series as well which will all be linked together. Training of leaders, Alpha and Alpha marriage will all be happening in 2022. We will be looking for teams for all of these. Matthew 28:19-20
  • Worship – 12 

They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion;
    they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord—
the grain, the new wine and the olive oil,
    the young of the flocks and herds.
They will be like a well-watered garden,
    and they will sorrow no more.

13 

Then young women will dance and be glad,
    young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into gladness;
    I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrowas we know worship is not just a time of singing on a Sunday but rather it is a lifestyle, however our musicians certainly help us along.  We will be focussing on building this in 2022 as well as having Worship evenings once a month at the church on a Sunday night. Romans 12:1-2 as a lifestyle.

  • Events – We will be having a family camp in early February at Carmel also Called the Breathe camp where you will have a choice of either chalets or camping. We will also be hosting the Fun Run in April, a church picnic, a beach clean up and picnic day as well as as I have said Alpha and Alpha marriage.

I really trust that you will see that we are excited for the next step embrace the new. Of what the Lord has in store for us.

Hebrews reminds us not to forget to “entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). 

14 

I will satisfy the priests with abundance,
    and my people will be filled with my bounty,”
declares the Lord.

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