The Brunswick corps might not seem impressive when judged by some of the traditional standards. Most of our band didn't turn up today so we had to change all the songs in the meeting so that I could play them on the piano. Our soldier numbers are few and people often leave in the middle of the meeting to go to the toilet or have a smoke.
However, I was pleased today to be a part of accepting another adherent into our corps. Our afternoon meeting had about 90 people present and here we talked again about what it means to be a follower of Jesus at Brunswick. Do you see in Jesus a life lived fully and poured out sacrificially in the midst of the poor and the marginalised of his time? Do you see in his example of compassionate care, grace and unconditional love an inspiring example which you would like to follow? Have you seen this happening in our community and do you want to be a part of building God's Kingdom right here?
When John the Baptist's disciples came to Jesus to see if he was the 'real deal', he told them to go and tell what they had seen and heard - people were being healed, lives made full and the poor received good news. People might not go home from visiting The Salvation Army in Brunswick and tell about the fine buildings or the exceptional music but they will have had the opportunity to see a community of grace in action and I can't think of anything better.