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Eighth Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
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Beloved in Christ,
"There is one body and one Spirit ... one God and Father of all., who is above all and through all and in all." (Eph. 4: 4-6)
We are always struck by the all-embracing nature of God, especially in the way St. Paul speaks of Him in the New Testament. Perhaps it was that Paul, seeing himself as the apostle to the Gentiles, felt he had to shatter the barriers that distinguished Jesus from Gentiles. "God is the God of the faithful; He is the God of the Covenant; and therefore God of the people of the Covenant." This seems perfectly logical and even true; yes, but the Bible shows us that this is a limited variation of the truth.
God's sovereignity does not end with the people of the covenant. God's love or compassion, or his graciousness is not limited simply to the people of the covenant. Jesus taught His disciples that their love must be like God's love and grace, which extends beyond the boundaries of the covenant community. In St. Matthew chapter 5 verse 44-45 Jesus said "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous."
It means that God wants us to love as he loves; to value each other the way he values us. How then can we use God as a justification for slaughtering each other? Can we honestly say that God gave the land to Israelis or Palestinians therefore they should bomb each other into Submission? Simply because God promised the land to one, or one is the chosen race, then that one must refuse to be a neighbour to the other, kill the others children, men or women, such an God seems less than the God of the Bible.
Somehow, we see the God of the Bible as one who refuses to beat humanity into submission to Him; or refuses to soften the heart of humanity with a wave of His hand. God permits humanity to destroy His prophets, desecrate His temple, strip Him of His Godliness,
"like a lamb to the slaughter." Then God reaches out His hand to save us; He weeps for us; He pleads with us; He prays for us; and He Himself forgives us and redeems us.
God acts towards us as a "Father cares for his children,"
or as a "Mother cares tenderly for her child," or as
a "good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep."
This is how God acts not only towards Christians, but to all humanity.
He is the One God and Father of us all, above all, through all
and in all. If we would only accept this as true believes then
we could sincerely pursue the things that make peace and build
up the common life.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
"How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell
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CONDOLENCE. We express our condolence to the family of Miss Myrtle Campbell, former Housemother of the Home for Girls for over twenty years. Funeral service for Miss Campbell will be on Saturday 5th August, 1:30 p.m. at the Church of God, 93b Constant Spring Road.
On Friday, August 18 the National Dance Theatre Company will present a benefit performance at The Little Theatre in aid of the Home for Girls. Contribution $600. Tickets available at the Church Office.
You are reminded of the ALPHA LEADERSHIP TRAINING session at the Church Hall on Saturday, August 5, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All are invited to attend. Please respond by 31st July to the church office or Joey James 927 4684.
The Church of the Good Shepherd invites us to a MUSICAL ADVENTURE at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel Ball Room on Sunday, August 20, 6:00 p.m. Contribution $1,500.00 and $2,000.00 Tickets available from the church office.
You are reminded that during the month of August, services will
Please remember to pray for our sick and shut-in members.
Prayers Of Intercession
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
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Hymn: Lift Every Voice And Sing
Hymn: We Are One In The Spirit
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand.
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