March 2019

Greetings from Offerton and everyone at Glo Church. As ever, we are so grateful to be part of the All Saints’ family and to share in the ministry of the Gospel with you.

So, what’s been happening at Glo?

It’s been really good in the last few months to move into the Glo Room. Since we closed Glo Central in January 2018, we have lacked a real base for meeting during the week. In January we were given use of a small room in Offerton Community Centre, free of charge. The Glo Room is just off the entrance lobby of the Community Centre. It acts as a base for our staff team during the week. We pray there at the start of each day and use it as a hub from which to connect with other groups in the centre and look for opportunities to bless the community. We have found that just being physically present has opened up lots of opportunities to pray with people and represent Jesus in the community. What an answer to prayer! It’s reminded us of the importance of listening to God and being willing to take risks in order to see new things grow.

As we move into Lent, we are embarking on a new preaching series asking the question “What happened on the cross?”. I’m excited to get the chance to delve deeper into our understanding of the complexities of Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

I’ve been reading through 1 Peter a lot recently and have kept coming back to Chapter 2 verse 24:

“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness”.

The way of the cross is the way of life! This Lent is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the role that our sin has to play in the crucifixion and to make a choice to act.

Our response is the call to die to our sin. Today. Right now.

I want to encourage you to make Lent a time when you choose to live instead for righteousness. It’s not about our own effort, or making ourselves worthy, it’s always God’s grace. And yet, our Father asks us if we are willing to come and die. What are you holding back that you need to give to God today?

We offer this opportunity every Easter Sunday at Glo in the form of baptism. Please pray for our community that there will be those who choose to commit their life to Jesus this Easter.

May you know this Lent that the way of the cross is the way of life.

Phil Harris

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