From the Bishop

’Tis the season to be inviting ... 

and inviting again

The Diocesan Training Event in October was by all measures a great success. As God’s people here in Tasmania, we got down to business in our task of making-disciples. I hope you will enjoy reading some reflections on the event in this issue of the Tas Anglican. But importantly, we need to make sure we put what we learned into practice.

As Advent dawns and the Christmas season is upon us, it is a great opportunity for us be exercising invitational hospitality in our homes and churches.

The miracle of Christmas is that God came to be one of us in His Son, born in a manger. And this story still rings out across the world. (Just last week I was listening to Christmas carols in a supermarket in Singapore!)

Because of this it is an easy time for us to invite our neighbours and workmates, our family and our friends to join us in church – to sing the old carols, and hear the retelling of the old, old story of love come down at Christmas – and to our homes to celebrate.

This invitational stance will help us develop our disciple-making culture, as we invite people to consider Jesus afresh.

But let us not stop there

I’ve always thought that the sign of ‘a good Christmas’ in church, is not the number of people who come on Christmas Day, but how many of them return the following Sunday or the one after. Let’s make at least two invitations this Christmas – one to the Carols, or Christmas Service, followed by another to an ordinary Sunday early in the year, where our loved ones might consider Jesus for every day of the year.

With warm wishes at Christmas,

Bishop Richard



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