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I’m here! So where are we going?

IT’S A BIG QUESTION, BUT TOGETHER WE CAN WORK IT OUT, SAYS OUR NEW VICAR, REV SONYA DORAGH

Hello! It’s a delight to be joining Christ Church and the community in Eccleston. I’m really looking forward to meeting and getting to know you all over the coming months and years.

I’m sure many of you are wondering; ‘what’s she like, our new vicar?’ Or perhaps, ‘what kind of changes will we see?’

Well, I’m wondering much the same about all of you. In some senses my vocation is set out in front of us as I get licensed to this team but at the same time my calling here will be shaped and guided by who we are as a community.

So I am looking forward to finding out more about you!

In the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve are hiding, God walks in the garden to spend time with the people He has made and loves but He can’t see them. He asks a simple question; ‘Where are you?’

Later in the big story of the Bible, Sarai has cast Hagar out into the wilderness, God meets with Hagar and asks her another simple question; ‘Where are you going?’

The same question is echoed centuries later as the disciples are confused by what Jesus is saying about His own imminent death. They ask Him, ‘Where are you going?’

Mary, in the height of her grief, goes to the tomb expecting to find Jesus body. He is not laid where they had left Him and in her distress she asks a man she assumes to be the gardener, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Or to paraphrase; ‘Where is Jesus?’

Those questions will be my questions as I start my ministry here. Questions to muse over for Christ Church and our community as a whole. Questions to explore with each of you, if possible, on a more personal level:

‘Where are you?’ In its original context this question is exploring where Adam and Eve are in relationship to God. They were hiding. Are you?

Or maybe you are walking alongside God, seeking His company and at peace with Him knowing you, warts ‘n all.

Or perhaps you are somewhere between the extremes, like most of us. Sometimes close to God and others blundering your own way.

Hopefully, together, we can help one another to keep walking closer to God.

Where are you going?

For Hagar and Jesus the answers to this question are total opposites; one is heading into the wilderness and the other is on His way to heaven. Knowing our final destination is vital in navigating any journey. I am typing this at Rachel’s kitchen table; thanks to telling the Sat Nav my destination it was able to guide me each time a decision was needed regarding which way to turn.

Knowing where we are going, in the big eternal journey, informs the detail of each day and of our ministry together as a church.

Where is Jesus?

There are so many things competing for our attention in this digital age, with new information available on a global level in an instant, that it is essential that we continue to ask ourselves; ‘where is Jesus?’

Where are you making space to find Jesus in your life? Where is Jesus in our community? How can we continue to seek and find Jesus together?

I look forward to exploring together where we are, where we are going and how we can continually seek and find Jesus.

Every Blessing.

Sonya

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