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Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
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My Dear Friends,
There is usually a tension when we discuss spirituality and relevance in our church today. Often we say our spirituality is not relevant because we hold too strongly to tradition. Relevant, as best as I understand it, seems to mean: "using the images and language of the people of today rather than that of the people of yesterday." In so doing, we would understand that God is speaking to us today; rather than feel that God only spoke to the people of the past and we can only hear Him, through their words.
As we digest this, I would say spirituality, as best as I understand it, seems to mean: the process of establishing, nurturing, developing a relationship with God that informs, transforms, renews our lives and the lives of those we encounter. With this basic understanding then, we must admit that our spirituality has to be relevant. If it is not, we then have to examine the nature, content, and quality of our spirituality. How do we establish, nurture and develop our relationship with God? What language or images do we use to express our experience of God? In fact do we talk about our relationship with God at all?
Reflecting on these questions we need to ask two further questions: Is relevance simply a matter of how we speak? Is spirituality simply what we do in corporate worship or private prayer? My answer is no to both questions. To be relevant, also means, to be able to encounter the challenges of today as they present themselves to us in the context of our relationships. Spirituality is not only designated periods of worship it encompasses our whole lives.
Our spirituality is reflected in how we spend our time: what time do we give to work, to play (ie. recreation), to self, to family, to friends, to God. Our spirituality is reflected in how we speak to others, how we listen to others and how we treat our environment. It is reflected in our level of honesty and integrity that we display in our dealings with others.
When Joshua says "Choose this day whom you will serve," it should remind us that spirituality is a daily as well as a lifelong choice to live in the will of the Lord.
Let us then make the choice, "making the most of the time, because the days are evil" (Eph. 5: 15)
We extend a warm welcome to all those that are visiting with us today.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
"It must have been so hard to have been scourged, to have been spat upon. "Take it away," Jesus prayed during His agony. His Father didn't come to Him directly and say, "This is my beloved Son," but He consoled Him through an angel. Let us pray that we will fill our hearts with Jesus' surrender, that we will understand total surrender."
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FLOWERS IN THE SANCTUARY ARE GIVEN BY KELVIN ROBERTS IN LOVING MEMORY OF HIS WIFE, MAUREEN, WHO DIED TWO YEARS AGO.
CONDOLENCES to Peter Muir and his children on the passing of their wife and mother, Beverley, last Friday.
CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes to Marie Isaacs and Leila Robinson who celebrated birthdays recently.
CONFIRMATION CLASSES are scheduled to commence on Wednesday September 13 for Adults and Friday September 15 for Juniors.
Next Sunday September 3, we return to our regular schedule of
Also, next Sunday being the first Sunday of the month, a second collection will be taken to meet the payment of outstanding Assessment. Special envelopes are provided for this purpose.Back to Top
Please remember to pray for our sick and shut-in members.
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