Teamwork!

One of the things that has helped people through this last 12 months has been the television, and not just the standard Freeview channels but many of us have discovered the endless bounty provided by Netflix and other streaming services such as the delights of Disney Plus. I have even enjoyed a Finnish detective series, although I have to confess that without the subtitles it wouldn’t be quite so engaging! However, one series stands out to me and that is the BBC’s very own ‘Garden Rescue.’ If you aren’t familiar with it, simply put, an old crush of mine, Charlie Dimmock (formerly of ‘Groundforce’) and award-winning garden designers, the Rich brothers, compete to design gardens for homeowners around the country. What sets this apart for me is that although it starts out as a competition, in order to achieve the successful end result, the two parties need to work together as a team. Teamwork is, in fact, very much on my mind at present, as we approach Pentecost and the re-opening of the church building. As we have been working our way through the Old Testament book of Esther, I wonder if you have noticed how the lives of Esther and Mordecai are a classic example of successful teamwork. Their relationship vividly portrays the unity that the Lord Jesus prayed for His disciples to experience (John 17). In fact, the success of their individual roles, even their very survival, depended entirely upon their unity. It is not an exaggeration to say that the survival of West Denton Church depends on our willingness to work together and display a similar unity. There is a need for us to reveal our unity as we pray together in order to facilitate God’s plans. There is a need for us to be as one, as we all open up our lives to God’s Spirit, with a willingness to work as part of God’s team and there is a need for us to work together to complete all the practical aspects that confront us on the exciting journey ahead. Ephesians 4:16 NLT “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Bryan