Save the date! Tuesday October 21st is the next date for our monthly SEMF gathering. It will be on the topic of the Evangelical Catholic Dialogue that has been in process for the last three years here in Saskatoon. An invite will be posted soon here (as well as an email invite to all those on our SEMF Data base) with the location and the focus of our October meeting If you are not on our data base and not receiving emails each month, you are welcome to contact us at email@example.com. In the meantime, feel free to read some updates from Nick Jesson’s blog (Co-chair of the dialogue with Pastor Harry Strauss) as he posts on the progression of these meetings. The group has published a common statement of faith that is also available for download here http://ecumenism.net/category/erc
We Need Each Other!
1 Corinthians 12:20-21(NKJ)” But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
The fact that the church is described as a ‘body’ is far more than just a word picture provided by the Apostle Paul & other writers of the New Testament. Jesus Christ called us to function together as His people much the way our human body operates. As individual members of His church, we have many different callings, purposes and personalities, and yet we’re all part of the same body.
Paul words are so very important for church leaders to consider as I invite you to our first Saskatoon Evangelical Minister’s Fellowship (SEMF) meeting in this new school/church year. Let me share a couple of thoughts about two things I see in these verses these that relate to Christian leadership in our city and our relationships with one another.
First of all, I need You. The very words are hard for some to even say or think, because we may not want to be seen as being weak or in great need. Often leaders like to portray themselves as strong and invincible, not in need of anything. Sometimes leaders carry this attitude in regards to their churches or ministries; feeling that they as a church really do not need anyone else, so fellowship with other leaders in our city isn’t necessary or a valuable use of their time. The reality is, we’re a body and we need each other; as leaders, as churches, and as ministries.
The other side of this coin is that You need Me. We may be reluctant to ever say something like this in the fear that we’ll be seen as self-centered or egotistical. The reality is that God created us both to need and to be needed. Without both of these dynamics in place, the body isn’t all that it can or should be. Our first SEMF meeting of this new church year will touch on these basic values of having an organization in place to foster relationships between ministry leaders.
Here are the details for our September meeting….
PS… we will be providing opportunity at this meeting to renew memberships with SEMF for the year ($30) as well as a few different options where one can cover the costs of the meals at our meetings throughout the year. To save on time, you can have it filled out ahead of time and bring with you to our first SEMF Fall kick off luncheon!
God… the Father to the Fatherless
· James 1:27(ASV) Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
Psalm 68:5 calls God ‘the Father of the fatherless.’ A growing number of children and youth in Canadian society are being raised without a father figure in their life. This lack of a positive male role model has a great effect on the church. A Swiss study published in 2000 showed the powerful effects on the next generation of a father who attends church. When a father attends church regularly, the likelihood of his children attending church is many times greater than if he doesn’t. We have a generation of the ‘fatherless’- what are we doing to reach them?
Our next Saskatoon Evangelical Minister’s Fellowship (SEMF) meeting will bring this issue into the light. I encourage you to be a part of our last meeting before the summer, not just because the topic is important, but also for the relationships that are formed every time we make the choice to step outside the comfort of our own four walls to connect with men & women of God who are making a difference throughout our community.
Here are the specifics for our next meeting….
· THEME: Fatherlessness: An Issue that the Church Must Address
· DATE/TIME: Tues. June 17th, 2014 at 12noon until 1:30pm
· LOCATION: Forest Grove Church at 502 Webster Street
· Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you will be there.
Hopefully the weather will be sunny & we’ll be able to enjoy a good barbecue together for lunch. Take a short break that day for a couple of hours from whatever issues surround you in your office and ministry. Fresh perspective can come as you spend some time with other believers from throughout the community.
God bless you… I hope to see you on June 17th.
Brad Mayer (SEMF Chair)