In his report to the 28th Synod the Moderator Rev Bruce Johnson invited members to think about the nature of “who we are”, particularly as they met over the Pentecost weekend.
“I think it is wonderful because it shows the journey we have been on as the UC that many congregations will be celebrating Pentecost," he said. “I’m wondering what God might be doing in us this weekend as we gather in one place.”
Mr Johnson said it took him some time to come to terms with the situation with which he was confronted following his induction into the role of Moderator.
“As the year has progressed it has been a challenge to keep a larger focus on the changes and re-shaping that needs to happen for our church while also undertaking the regular responsibilities,” he said.
“With the departure of many Synod Support Services staff, there have been aspects of our
shared life that could not be addressed.
“I believe that the lack of these specialist staff weakens our capacity to address the challenges that face us in meeting our calling within Queensland.”
Mr Johnson said this has launched the Church in Queensland on a journey of discovery which has been called Together on the Way – enriching community.
“As more and more people are drawn into this process of discernment, planning and commitment, I pray that we will discover God’s direction and have the courage to change ourselves and find the resources to meet that call. I would urge all involved with our church to pray for the leading of God and participate as they are able in this journey of discovery.”
After reflecting on ecumenical relations, the continued need to engage with youth and children, culturally and linguistically diverse church, coventing, social justice, UnitingCare, and the Synod Schools Commission Mr Johnson reminded members there were to consider the good of the whole of the Church in Queensland while decision making.
“We come together to listen to each other but we must not become confused about whose voice we are listening for.
“If we are a Pentecost people we have to consider the wellbeing of our whole community.”
Mr Johnson asked members of the Synod meeting to seek out the agenda God had for the meeting.
“We must be aware that beyond our wisdom God is at work in us,” he said.
“We need to remember that we meet according to God’s agenda.
“God is with us; God still asks us to be a faithful pilgrim people who bear witness to the unity of God’s people in Christ and live as a fellowship in the Spirit in worship, witness and service.”