Thank you for your Grace

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Last week

At Willow Park, we have been through a long process of deciding whether or not women will be allowed on our Elders board. This discussion has included much prayer, unbiased and well-researched teaching videos presented by Phil, Q and A church meetings, many conversations…all culminating in the church membership making the decision by voting on Sunday.

Complementarian or Egalitarian?

Words that many had not heard or wrestled with until recently.

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I had a dream on Saturday night

I was on a hike walking alongside a cliff, on a relatively narrow, rugged pathway. There were lots of us, all heading in the same direction. I was struggling because I dragging a huge suitcase, challenging to navigate and very heavy.

We all reached a point on the walk where we had to step onto a large wooden platform area before climbing over to the next point of the journey. The wooded area was continually moving and difficult to pass, you had to concentrate on being able to get onto the moving platform and then climb over.

Thankfully, Brad (chair of our board) and Phil (pastor) stood at the top of the platform, they were helping everyone up and over. I was struggling, this was impossible with heavy luggage, so I hoisted the case up to Brad and Phil.

As I climbed on, I saw them put my suitcase to one side. It was empty.

Brad looked at me and said, ‘you don’t need that anymore, you can continue without it.’

Yesterday

I woke Sunday morning reassured and encouraged. That whatever the outcome and decision made on the members vote. That the women in our church would be traveling lighter because of it. I was reassured this journey has been a God-given process for this time, for our church, and I knew that God had us here for a purpose to bring us closer to His heart.

A decision was made that all members, male and female, can be nominated to become elders of Willow Park Church.  

Today

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We took a day off and walked Enderby Cliffs. 14 km of cliff edge walking while praying for our church. We thanked God that we have been able to offer answers to occasional questions of fallout and possible division. We have responded that we believe our church is healthy, that the heart of people is unity, and we will continue to walk well together with our different opinions and thoughts.

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Because the main thing is the main thing: Jesus. Salvation. His presence. Transformation.

The climb up the cliff was hard today. But alongside the increased heart rate and occasional trip-ups – we stopped and took in the views, the wildflowers, the beauty.

And enjoyed the reward of a spacious place.

Then I found the platform that I’d seen in my dream, but this time it wasn’t unstable or moving, but steady.

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We journey on – focused, lighter, anticipating all that God has for us.

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Thank you for your grace, Willow Park Church – well done.

Love, Michelle xo

Ps. All pics from our hike today 🙂

 

10 thoughts on “Thank you for your Grace

  1. We are so thankful for you and Phil, the great leadership of our church community, and for our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ! Thank you for your unending prayers and love for Willowpark, and for our city. We see God alive and well in you both and we know He delights in you! We weren’t able to be at the meeting on Sunday but are pleased with the outcome. Praise God from whom all blessings flow, for His loves endures forever! May the Lord continue to pour out His goodness and love to you and your family as you faithfully and lovingly fulfill His call on your lives. You are loved…🙏❤️💐

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  2. Thank you for your beautiful words of encouragement. We lived in Enderby 10 years and I never climbed up the cliffs. What a gorgeous vista. Beautiful photos .
    I love the heart of prayer that you and Phil share and how you take hiking days to pray and be refreshed.

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  3. You are both such great role-models for all of us in all areas of life. You also have shown much grace to us all. Jake & I appreciate how you are always approachable and so welcoming to all who pass through our church doors. Like Billy Graham always said, “God bless real good”!!! Jake & Helen

    On Mon, May 27, 2019 at 9:52 PM michelle’s musings wrote:

    > Michelle Collins posted: ” Last week At Willow Park, we have been through > a long process of deciding whether or not women will be allowed on our > Elders board. This discussion has included much prayer, unbiased and > well-researched teaching videos presented by Phil, Q and A church” >

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