Tues 10 December 10.00 a.m. Bible Study
Wed 11 December 10.00 a.m. – noon Barney’s Free Coffee morning – all welcome
Thu 12 December 7.30 p.m. Bible Study
Sat 14 December 9.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Christmas Mini Mart
Sun 15 December 8.15 a.m. Eucharist, followed by morning tea
Sun 15 December 5.00 p.m. Nativity Play at All Saints’ Belmont
OT: Isaiah Ch. 35 v. 1-10
Psalm: Song of Mary
NT: James Ch. 5 v. 7-10
Gospel: Matthew Ch. 11 v. 2-11
15 December, 2019
“What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what kind of a person you are.” – C.S. Lewis
Jesus tells the disciples of John the Baptist to go and relate to John what they “hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.” (Mt. 11:4-5 NRSV) Wow! Looks like the kingdom of God has come near just as Jesus proclaimed. However, how about now days? If a stranger off the streets were to come into our churches today what would they hear and see, and experience? Would those who are blind because they can’t see where next to go in their lives, or those who feel lame, incapacitated by fear, receive their sight and walk with confidence after being with us? Would those who believe themselves unworthy because of decisions turned sour, and feel their lives are dead ends, be raised up or be cleansed like the lepers? Do people who come into our churches hear good news for their daily lives? Now, before we start dumping on the churches, let us remember that things of the Spirit that go on in the hearts of people are not always perceived immediately, especially not perceived well by the less insightful of us who measure success quantitatively by numbers or money. Let us not be so dualistically black or white. There may be much good going on that some people may not want to share. But perhaps eventually it all can be seen or heard of. C.S. Lewis says it depends where we stand. Let us take higher ground and look around again. After all, what kind of people are we?
Often it is difficult to pray alone at home,so why not try http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/ this links you with praying Christians around the world, of many traditions- offering scripture, silence, beautiful music, reflection time, space for contemplation and intercession.
May the people of this Parish be never ceasing in prayer, so that we may all be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Help us to lead lives worthy of God, fully pleasing to him while bearing fruit in every good work.
May we all be made strong in the power of God, who rescues us from the powers of darkness and transfers us to the Kingdom of his Son in whom we have forgiveness of sins,
At the time of choosing an incumbent
give to this parish a faithful pastor who will faithfully speak your word and minister your sacraments;
an encourager who will equip your people for ministry and enable us to fulfil our calling.
Give to those who will choose, wisdom, discernment and patience, and to us give warm and generous hearts, for Jesus Christ’s sake.