We invite every community member to undertake an annual period of self-examination as part of the rhythm of life. Advent and Lent are great opportunities to renew our commitment to living and sharing the way of Jesus together as the Church Mission Society community. This involves praying for mission together, learning from mission together and participating in mission together. In all this we aim to be pioneering, evangelistic, relational and faithful.
And I wish to join other CMS members in regularly renewing my mind and spirit and my commitment to mission.
Response of the people: We recognise your affirmation, we bless you in this calling, and we commit to praying for you and with you. You are free to follow God’s call in mission. In the name of Jesus, may you bring challenge, change, hope and freedom to the world.
After a year of reflection We invite you to find a setting in which to renew your community affirmation. Ideally this might be in the company of others, perhaps in your local CMS group. You might like to use this form of the Community Affirmation: Today, with the help of God and with your prayers, I affirm my membership of the Church Mission Society community. I believe God is still working in our world. I want my life to be about mission and I know that mission isn’t someone else’s job – it’s mine. I want to live for Jesus daily and I realise I need fuel for this journey. I desire to help my local Christian community keep mission a priority.
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Following your affirmation, we suggest reflecting on a different phrase from it each day. Ponder it, talk about it, pray with it. And consider what action you could take now to enable this to happen. Our affirmation is a response to Jesus’ question, “But who do you say that I am?” We affirm our desire to follow him in the context of the Church Mission Society community. We of course are not Simon Peter and we are not the rock on which Christ’s church is built. But we are nevertheless, in Jesus’ name, privileged to play some small part in that wonderful ever-unfolding story.
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