Happy New Year

This morning in the park we took the opportunity to look back at 2012 and then forward to 2013, both individually, but more importantly as a group.

Jonny Bakers New Year questions helped us to reflect.

As part of Third space over the last few years,  I find myself less stressed about my little individual ‘personal relationship’ with God and more bothered about how the community, corporate, aspect of my faith should be lived out (without us all skipping off to create a commune).

The original Third Space in Acts Chapter 2 seemed a good place to start although safe to say we’re some way off from their example.

Today was a good opportunity to look again at our values. Which ones have we in 2012 strengthened and developed? Which ones have slipped off our radar? What is God saying to us about our values for 2013? I’m hoping it’s a conversation we continue over the coming weeks.

As I reflect on all we are (and aren’t) in Third Space, I give thanks for the way we are able to connect with other similar communities across the UK and the world through the web. Communities like Grace, Aoradh and This Fragile Tent, and Maybe sustain and support us here in rural Derbyshire without even knowing it, and hopefully, maybe we do the same for others too.

So, to all our fellow journeyers ‘out there’ in your small missional communities, may you know God’s blessing in 2013 as you continue on your journey. and if you need any more inspiration for values, you couldn’t do much better that this:

“But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.” Corinthians 13.

Grace and Peace.