Sunday Bulletin

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Sunday, August 21, 2005

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My Dear Friends,

The word theology literally means "God-talk", and is used in reference to human conversation about God. It has become a very popular word these days and is spoken with greater ease from the pulpit than in former days. It is assumed that everybody understands its meaning. But think for a moment, what do you say about God? When you are not wearing your 'Sunday best' and you are not supported by the worshipping crowd; what do you say about God?

As you reflect on this question, let us not think about our individual, limited theological scholarship, because I am not talking about that. Nor am I referring to a planned or unplanned sharing of the 'gospel' with someone you met recently. Think about your daily walk with God. How one thinks or speaks about God in one's daily life automatically impacts the way one lives. Pay attention to the second reading from Paul's Epistle to the Romans (11:33-36). In this chapter Paul continues his instruction to the Gentiles as to how they should relate to or think about the Jews. Now he concludes with an outburst of praise for 'the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God'. One frequently encounters such doxologies in Paul's letters. We see spontaneous outbursts of praise whenever Paul contemplates God's work in the lives of His people. Today we feel that such outburst of praise is only relevant in corporate worship. We can tell from the stories of Paul that he made a habit of incorporating these in his normal conversations and they obviously find a place in his letters.

The point is that theology is not a course of study reserved for the clergy or the corridors and classrooms of a tertiary institution to which a privileged few gain access. Actually, it is a way of life that a Christian should seek to develop and nurture. It comes from an awareness of the love of God that is flowing in our hearts and we "are weary with holding it in" - and we cannot. The psalmist says: "I will give thanks to you, oh Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing your praise"(138:1). Let us ponder the work God has done in our lives, the tremendous grace that flows from Him to us daily. Let us consciously seek to develop a way of thinking and speaking about how God touches our lives.

Think of the question Jesus asks His disciples: "Who do you say that I am?" Do we realize that Jesus thought it important to enquire of the disciples what they thought of Him? Somehow our conversation about Him is important. Do we place the same emphasis on developing the way we think and speak about Him and His activity in our lives? Let thinking about Him and praising Him become the purpose and pattern of our lives. The hymn writer says: "When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries; may Jesus Christ be praised!" May the week to come resound with songs of praise to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine.

We extend a warm welcome to all those worshipping with us this morning

Sincerely yours in Christ
Robert McLean

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

We extend sympathy to Mrs. Daphne McLaren on the death of her husband.

The Funeral Service for Amy McIntosh will be on Monday 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Flowers at the foot of the Altar are given by loved ones of Muriel Sharp.

We extend sincere congratulations to those who have been successful in their exams.

Applications are invited for the Folkes Scholarship to be awarded to a student of our Sunday School qualified for entry into High School. The value of the Scholarship is $12,000 per year and will be for a period of five years. The Scholarship is to assist a student who is in need of financial support. Application forms are available from the Church Office and should be completed and submitted by August 22, 2005.

On September the 4th at 4:00 p.m. we will host a Diocesan function to honour organists, choirmasters and some choristers who have faithfully served the church's music ministry for ten years and more.

Confirmation classes will begin in September adults on Wednesday 7th and juniors Friday 9th. Both at 6:00 p.m.

On Thursday, August 24 at 9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at St. Bartholomew.


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