Last Friday night was a joyful time as we celebrated the commissioning of Rev Cameron Wills as our
Senior Minister. It was wonderful to acknowledge that we have entered a new chapter in the life of
TGS, with a clear energy and sense of purpose.
In Acts Chapter 2 we see that the early church was marked by devotion to the apostles’ teaching, to
the fellowship, to the breaking of bread (eating and sharing together) and to prayer. It has been very
noticeable how many people at TGS have indeed ‘stepped up’ and been participating in new ways to
the benefit of others, for which the TGS leadership is very grateful, and more importantly, is pleasing
to God. As the apostle reminds us, ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the
Lord, not for human masters.’ Col 3:23.
Yet it was also important to hear the message on Friday night from Rev Tom Pountain of Ross River
Anglican Church, who shared from Luke 10:42 that “One thing is necessary”. Only one thing – to
listen to the words of Jesus.
What does that mean? It cannot mean to do nothing else, or Jesus would not have sent out the
seventy-two to preach the good news of Jesus to every town and place, or told the parable of the
Good Samaritan, which are both recorded in the same chapter of Luke’s Gospel. But it does mean
that focussing above all else on the word of God, and on Jesus the Living Word, which are the basis
of everything else. So may we indeed apply our hearts and minds to that, to be totally ‘devoted to the
apostles’ teaching’, and devoted to prayer, which will then result in being even more fully devoted to
the fellowship and to the breaking of bread.
And the result for the early disciples? ‘The Lord added to their number daily those who were being
saved.’ And all God’s people at TGS said, ‘Amen!’
Rod & James