This is a bit of an “in house” post for Mosaic Edinburgh. We have been looking at our values and tonight we narrowed it down. Just wanted to thank everyone and I mean everyone for their contribution, to me it was exciting to hear people’s perspective. I kept thinking of that little phrase that crops up in the letters to the 7 Churches in the opening chapter of the book of Revelation, “let him who has an ear listen to what the Spirit says to the church”
Anyway below are the words/concepts that we narrowed it down to tonight. Have a read through them, ponder them, pray about them, ask God to clarify what He wants to be our very essence. Don’t get too caught up in the actual wording, we can work on that, think about the concepts.
What do we really want to be known for?
Given who God has called together in our community, our experiences, character, values and gifts what can we be known for?
What values initially attracted you to Mosaic Edinburgh?
Missional / Incarnational
Below is the introduction to “Small Ship, Big Sea” Mike Frost’s church in Sydney. Have a read. See anything here that might help us in our discussion about language, about values etc?
At smallboatbigsea we have a reputation for “doing church differently” but that’s not how we see it. In fact, we don’t think we “do church” at all, let alone differently. We are simply a community of Jesus-followers who prefer people to programs, and worship-in-action to worship-in-a-building. We’re a tight knit bunch, deeply committed to working together in God’s mission in Christ to bring peace and hope and love to the world – including our own world in Manly as well as the whole world out there.
They call it being missional, but actually we think it’s being church as it was intended, with less focus on maintaining institutional religion and all our effort on both announcing and demonstrating the universal reign of God in Christ. Sounds grand eh? Well, it works itself out in both big ways (advocating for the poor) and small ways (an act of kindness to the old lady down the street), in spoken ways (helping someone understand Jesus’ message of hope) and unspoken ways (street chaplaincy in the wee small hours).
Being missional together means we exemplify good community by looking after each other and extending care to our local and international neighbours. We devote time together each week to meet over a big meal, to celebrate the goodness of God, to understand the scriptures, and pray together.
Generosity, hospitality, faith, sacrifice, teaching, service, worship, prayer, laughter, justice-seeking, family, love, grace etc. You can’t really do that stuff “differently”. You just have to do it, right?
Come along and join our table. There’s plenty of room in our small boat!
Small Boat Big Sea is a community of people who share a passion for life, creativity and justice. We seek to develop genuine Christian spirituality that connects deeply through place and space, beyond just Sundays. We do, however, meet weekly on Sunday afternoons at the William Street Studios in Manly, and hold a number of other events, gatherings and projects.
COMMUNING WITH GOD to create an expansive Christian spirituality that infuses daily life.
CREATING A COMMUNITY of safety, grace & healing that shares kingdom building adventures in Manly & beyond
COMMISSIONING PEOPLE to create a just, safe & beautiful world for everyone.
CATALYSING A MOVEMENT that provides a relevant & creative Christian spirituality for Australians