Pray of St Aidan
Leave me alone with God as much as may be.
As the tide draws the waters close in upon the shore,
Make me an island, set apart,
alone with you, God, holy to you.
Then with the turning of the tide
prepare me to carry your presence to the busy world beyond,
the world that rushes in on me
till the waters come again and fold me back to you.
Aidan of Lindisfarne
The Commissioning of the Disciples
Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’
From its inception the Church has been called to be a missionary enterprise. We are called to engage in outreach, to meet people where they are, living our lives by the light to Christ and always being ready to account for the hope that is within us. The history of the Church is littered with our successes and our failures in this enterprise. Some of our momentous failures have been when we engaged in in-drag rather than out-reach. We need to maintain that which is specifically Christian whilst we engage in the everyday real world. The Constitution of Australia guarantees religious freedom (pluralism) and we support and affirm all, whilst remaining constant in our commitment to walk in the light of Christ, and to our Baptism commitment to 'shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father'.