Today we celebrate Home Mission Sunday. We are invited to find ourselves in the Gospel story as we accompany the characters who call out, ‘Rejoice with me!’ These words express the joy of finding something, or someone they had lost. Imagine the joy in your own heart when you see someone you love coming home to Church, because they are seeking, or have found Christ. Occasionally this happens by direct divine intervention, but more often we are called to be the face of Christ, praying for, inviting and welcoming those we love into a relationship with Him.
Thankfully we are not alone in this task. The Home Mission Office is a national organisation that helps local Churches engage in the vital mission of Evangelisation. This weekend, they ask for our prayers and financial support (in Guernsey we will take a retiring collection next weekend). Our prayers help them to be attentive to the Holy Spirit who directs their work, and our donations enable them to help the local Church share the joy of the Gospel throughout England and Wales. In short, the retiring collection next weekend will help them to help us. For more information about the Home Mission Office or to donate online please visit www.homemission.org.uk