Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. — Philippians 1:4-5
You see that Paul was one of the greatest teachers even in our times. How he laid out the scriptures well for the modern church. The Trinidad and Tobago motto says “Together we aspire and together we achieve”. So this is a sure way to build a foundation for future generations.
Partnership is the ability to accomplish more together than apart. It recognizes that a team is stronger than a lone individual. A group committed to each other will help the struggling and the fallen.
Call it whatever you want–teamwork, association, synergy–partnership is the remarkable ability of two or more people working together to accomplish more than what each could do alone. You have heard the saying, “It takes two to tangle”, “Better late than never”. Mother Africa gave us lots of “proverbs” to ponder on and sometimes still baffles us today.
This truth is a fit reminder to God’s people that when we are working together in harmony, the talents and gifts of the body minimize the weaknesses and shortcomings of the body, thereby making a stronger unit. Just as a baseball team needs nine players on the field or the game is forfeited, the local church needs everyone participating, or the strength of the body is weakened and the advancement of the gospel is threatened. If you took away one musician from an orchestra, the symphony would be incomplete. So, too, if one member of the family of God is missing, the church is incomplete.
Today I want to congratulate Bishop Hon. Hilary Skeete Lynch for advancing the call to Macedonia by registering his church “Ezekiel’s Wheel Peace and Love”. As a sower some seeds fell by the way side, some among thorns, some in stony ground and others fell in good soil. My beloved Bishop this is the way the Master made for you so I encourage you to sow good seeds and reap the harvest. The fields are white and the labourers are very few. I believe that this is the appointed time for you to stand up for what you believe in. Stand fast and hold on to that which is good.
Mother Teresa said, “You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together, we can do great things.” Another author wrote, “It is better to have one person working with you, than three working for you.” Mr. A. Carnegie confessed, “I owe whatever success I have attained, by and large, to my ability to surround myself with people who are smarter than I am.” John Wooden, perhaps the greatest basketball coach of all time, reminded his team, “The man who puts the ball through the hoop has ten hands.”
We need each other. You need someone, and someone needs you. So work while it is day for the night cometh when no man can see to work. Have a blessed Sunday.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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