To quote the old poem,

today we stand at the gate of the year – the point where one year ends and another opens up before us. Years are important in Christian faith, for the references of times, seasons and years in the scriptures show us that God chooses to accommodate and locate his activity in the schedule of human history.

So what of the year ahead?

Today we shall be defining and describing the idea and reality of shalom which, as our quotation tells us, is the way things ought to be. And we shall ask the question, ‘What would it mean for ABC to fully experience shalom?’


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