Rector's Jottings (No. 5/2021)
The Church of England’s Five Marks of Mission are:
The Five Marks of Mission:
The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ
1.To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
2. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
3. To respond to human need by loving service
4. To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth
One of the books I am currently reading is Seeing Differently. One of the authors is Brother Samuel SSF, whom you may remember as a contributor to our Lent course a couple of years ago.
Br Sam comments about the strangeness, in his opinion, of the order of the Five Marks of Mission, and feels strongly that the last should be first: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth. Surely, he says, this is the beginning of everything.
I’m delighted to say that our Loving Creation Group continues to challenge us to keep this priority uppermost in our hopes and our prayers, and have one or two important dates in mind for us to put in our diaries:
5th September National Climate Sunday
3rd October is the Feast of St Francis which will begin a week of activities to profile our mission priorities, including a Church Open Day on Saturday 12th October
Watch this space for news of a new Gardening Club beginning soon
A book group will meet in the summer, in the run up to the St Francis festival, to read together Seeing Differently: Franciscans and Creation
We have also signed up with Eco Churchand look forward to celebrating this too.
Please pray that we may all find the courage to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ through the priorities we live by
With the assurance of my prayers
READ the Hornsey Parish Church Loving Creation Charter