World Mission Sunday will be celebrated this week across the Anglican Church in North America. It is a day when we give thanks for and pray for the further spread of the Gospel around the globe, through a special set of prayers during worship. We will also have a guest preacher with us this week, Fr. Robert Gresser and his family.
Fr. Gresser will depart in March for Malawi where he and his family will reside for several months to teach in the theological college. His focus will be training young men to readily answer the call to take leadership in the Church. We are excited to have him in our midst and to support his ministry as he goes forth. The children will have a special lesson in Sunday school about mission this week and have an opportunity to interact with his children as well!
Saint Barnabas himself was a missionary and as a part of our calling and heritage as his namesake, we will continue to emphasize and build upon local, regional and global mission. Last year we were able to support several missionaries financially, but we hope to do more this year by supporting long term missionaries, Camp Crucis, and sending agencies like SOMA, Sharing of Ministries Abroad, in addition to our ongoing efforts with Malawi and Mexico as we seek to be faithful in mission.
The local church is the engine for mission as it prays, supports, sends and receives those in mission. Whether the mission field is your neighborhood or a neighboring country, the call is the same - we are to go in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring others nearer to Christ and His Church. May God strengthen us for this work, give us willing hands and hearts, and to sustain us in the upward call of Christ Jesus in both our own lives and in supporting it in the lives of others.