The Gospel of Justice…..
Jesus took the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and read “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour” (Saint Luke 4.16-18)
In Luke’s Gospel Jesus sets out to define his mission by reading a passage from Isaiah; he is here to proclaim good news and to bring justice to those in society who experience oppression in all its forms. As we read the Gospel we find his example is a life marked by healing, feeding the hungry, challenging those who would oppress others. His parables of growth, as well as his own example challenge us as the church to do what we can to tend the Kingdom of God in this world- making justice for all people.
At the Parish Council Retreat in February we took time to look at each of the seven areas of our ministry including our ability to be a ‘justice making community’. We were dismayed to find that we as a church had very little engagement with our community and the needs of those who surround us. Thus the Justice cluster was born- members of our church whose aim is to help us all become aware of the needs in our community and the world and to respond to them in real and practical ways so that our faith and worship is genuinely life-changing and world-changing.
A key part of this vision is a partnership with Neighbour to Neighbour- they are our local food bank, just a few streets away and are quickly expanding to meet a variety of needs in our community from providing food, community kitchens, support groups and so much more. On June the 22nd one of their staff, Doug Farraway will be coming to speak to us on a Sunday morning to give us a more complete picture of their work and the possibilities of our partnership. This is just ONE of the special relationships we will form to become an integral part of our mountain community. Others, like our special relationship with Saint Matthew’s House will continue with food drives and personal support and we are excited to see what new opportunities God will bring before us. To learn more or get involved, please speak with myself or Nancy Clause. Notes on the most recent Justice Cluster work will always be available in the Narthex.