Friday, September 02, 2005

mission cards

What is church? At Opawa we have been exploring the idea that church exists to develop community, extend Jesus love and grow in Christian life. This understanding has laid the groundwork for a multi-congregational model and allowed the planting of Espresso, a Tuesday evening congregation.

Espresso is experimenting with the mission part, with extending Jesus love, in the following way. Once a month a person describes their work. This is followed by the playing of 3 cards;
Creator card
Redeeemer card
Sustainer card.

Each card offers a Scripture and some questions based on understanding God as Creator; Redeemer; Sustainer. Questions like; What in this person’s work takes responsibility for God’s creation? What in this person’s work enhances life to the full? What in this work breathes God’s peace and forgiveness?

Those gathered answer the cards. In so doing, they provide feedback, offering insights into how a person’s work is an extension of Jesus love.

The evening then concludes with a storytelling time. The story of a saint is shared, ideally a saint that has some linkage with the person’s work.

So on Tuesday a scientist working in the micro-biology field shared and the evening ended with the story of St.Francis of Assissi. For a positive comment, see here.

Posted by steve at 05:43 PM


  1. What a loving thing this is…

    Comment by wilsonian — September 3, 2005 @ 3:23 pm

  2. this sounds wonderful – and a great name too 🙂 May you all continue to be richly blessed

    Comment by Lorna — September 10, 2005 @ 3:51 am

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