Dear friends,

In the Kingdom of God, everything is upside down (or right way up) when compared to the ways of the world.

So, as we’ve seen in these past weeks, everyone who exalts themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

We’ve seen how the Lord takes an ordinary person such as Peter and transforms and uses them for extraordinary means.

We read in the New Testament, reminders of how the greatest are the least; the leaders are to be servants; the first shall be last and the last first. Jesus says to his disciples: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matt 20:25-28)

In the family of God – the church of God – everything changes from the ways of the world.

For that reason, I do not see my call to serve the diocese of Bathurst as their bishop as a promotion. There is no corporate ladder in the church. I have never sought the role of bishop or aspired to be a bishop. The role is not a reward for a job well done.

I have been called upon to be a servant of the clergy and people of the diocese of Bathurst in the cause of making disciples. It is a unique privilege and a searching trust. Only in and through God – by his Spirit – will I be anywhere near equal to the task. So more than anything, I value your prayer.

Warmly,

Mark

The Rev’d Mark Calder, minister