Sunday, 16 April 2017
An Era Ending
At the end of this month, the church I have attended for my whole life will partially amalgamate with some others in the area so this Easter has been the last as the Earlwood community and we will soon become Sydney Inner West.
We have had years of uncertainty as the congregation shrunk, finances inevitably suffered, we had rumours of closure, have been left without a minister for a time and then had a rotation of temporary and part -time ministers.
The current plan is to amalgamate the Sunday services but to continue with existing weekday activities in their existing locations. As a plan to make the current church communities financially viable it makes very little sense but as a plan to soften up four congregations for total and permanent closure, well at least it is being done gently.
The whole process has come with resistance and grief and I am sure there is more of that to come but I have tried hard to approach it all with the attitude that God knows what He is doing and won't allow broken hearts to hurt for too long. Secular life says that when one door closes another opens and a faith community should be good at affirming that but of course, as a group of ordinary human beings there is discomfort with change.
As I read my Easter posts from past years there is one which resonates today, it simply says
"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10
At this moment my life is abundant; the weather is autumn perfection, my children are all at home and happy and we have canine joy in the house again