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2024 Ecumenical Leaders Service

  • February 15, 2024

2024 Ecumenical Leaders Service

This week, our Primary, Middle and Senior faith captains attended the Sunshine Coast Christian School’s Ecumenical service, where schools from all denominations unite as one community under Christ, acknowledging and celebrating His ongoing work within their midst. This gathering also serves as an opportunity for these young leaders to foster connections and encourage one another. It was during this collective assembly that I was reminded of the pivotal
role of community in God’s plan to transform the world.

During my teenage years, my younger sister faced a significant health challenge. As we grappled with how to navigate this difficult period, she began receiving care packages filled with uplifting items and welcomed visits from friends, providing welcomed breaks from the long days. Messages poured in from friends across the globe, assuring her of prayers and solidarity. Amidst our struggle, we were enveloped by an outpouring of love and support from our community.

In recent years, events like the pandemic have tempted many to retreat from social interactions out of fear or comfort. Despite our digital connectivity, feelings of isolation often persist. However, Hebrews 10:24-25 reminds us that God designed us for community, not solitude. Jesus, in His earthly ministry, intentionally surrounded Himself with twelve friends, known as disciples. These men travelled with and learned from Jesus. Whilst Jesus was capable of carrying out His mission
alone, He chose not to, emphasizing the importance of companionship and shared journeying.

Community fosters relationships that sustain us through life’s challenges, offering encouragement, guidance, and support when we’re uncertain of our path. Whether providing a shoulder to cry on, a sounding board for ideas, or assistance in times of need, our community plays a vital role in our spiritual growth. Moreover, as Matthew 18:20 declares, gathering together allows for the special presence of Jesus among us, enriching our shared experiences.

We were not meant to navigate life’s highs and lows alone. Therefore, I encourage you to invest deeply in your community this year. Make intentional efforts to connect with those around you, whether through serving at church or joining a connect group. By lifting one another up and living for Christ collectively, we bring honour and glory to His name.

Jacqueline Newell, College Pastor

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