31st August 2017
My local supermarket has just installed new chilled and freezer cabinets. The whole shop is like a fridge now (which is great on scorching summer days) but I can't find anything anymore! It seems like all the things I regularly buy have been switched around. I'm sure the goal is a better service for customers but what's surprising is how just a few changes can be stressful!
In life, we often face change – some are welcome, others disturb us. Maybe this year your life has changed in some way – your family has grown, or someone close to you has moved away. You have more pressure at work or you are without work. Maybe the challenges in our nation, the shockwaves of tragedy have affected you. It feels like London, our home, is always changing, always rushing forward.
As believers, God calls us to a life that, although secure in Him, is also full of change. He calls us to follow Him, to be on a faith journey that will only end when we meet Him face to face in glory. Psalm 84:5-7 talks about having our heart set on pilgrimage – never settling or being complacent, but turning the desert valleys we go through into a place of springs – water, life, joy. That takes faith and resilience.
'Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.' – Psalm 84:5-7
At King’s we believe we are called to journey together – no one should face the desert alone. Joys are multiplied as they are shared. As we gather on Sundays and make friends in groups, we find strength and encouragement to keep changing, growing in faith and moving on.
So, when King’s Life comes out in September with all its information about groups, my challenge to you is to embrace change, join a group and set your heart on pilgrimage with God's people.
You can find out more about Groups at King's by visiting the groups pages on our website.
Hilary Dalziel is the main driving force behind Groups at King's. She is part of the Pastoral Care Team, oversees marriage mentoring and organises much of the training of pastoral care staff and volunteers. Hilary is married to William and they have three grown up children.
Steve Tibbert will be back in September.
Posted by Hilary Dalziel
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.