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One of the key elements of being a Christian is our dependence on God through prayer - what an incredible privilege prayer is. That end there are a couple of prayer opportunities that I would like to draw your attention to.
First of all,
Could you occasionally lead the intercessions (prayers) in a church service?
If you think that you could or that you could with a little help, training and encouragement then please let me know as I know that some of you have a real gift, or might have a real gift for that and I am willing to arrange some training and resources to help. Perhaps you feel that you couldn't, but you know someone that you think might be good. Well, let me know their name and contact details (if you have them) and I'll take it from there.
Second, this Monday is
the monthly Benefice Prayer Meeting
Come and join us to pray quietly or out loud as you prefer.
We will meet at St. Mary's, Badby at 7.30pm and wind up at 8.15.
There will be hints and encouragements for topics but no pressure.
We will be praying for the whole benefice so it would be lovely to have representatives from all our church fellowships.
This week's service
Nehemiah 1:1-11 & John 3:16-17
Being a fifth Sunday, we are meeting for a United Benefice Service, so come and encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ at Charwelton church where we will be meeting at 11.00am as we come to the end of the Old Testament section of our Bible overview series.
How to get more out of church
5 Deal with Your Heart
Historically people speak of wearing their “Sunday Best” to church, referring to dressing nicely on Sundays. The Bible doesn’t speak as much to external clothes but refers to spiritual clothing. In a striking metaphor, James urges believers to “put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and received with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21) The image is of removing the filthy clothes to receive the good Word. An application here certainly applies to Sunday mornings. Sin deceives us (Jeremiah 17:9) and clouds our understanding (Romans 1:21–22), we must actively put sin to death and put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:5–17). If you want to get more out of church, then deal with (mortify) the remaining sin in your heart before coming to church (Romans 8:13).
The Thirty Nine Articles - what we, as Anglicans believe
28. The Lord’s Supper
The Supper of the Lord is not only a sign of the mutual love that Christians ought to have among themselves. Rather, it is a sacrament of our redemption through Christ's death. To those who rightly, worthily and with faith receive it, the bread which we break is a partaking of the body of Christ, and similarly the cup of blessing is a partaking of the blood of Christ.
Transubstantiation (the change of the substance of the bread and wine) in the Supper of the Lord cannot be proved from holy Scripture, but is repugnant to the plain teaching of Scripture. It overthrows the nature of a sacrament and has given rise to many superstitions.
The body of Christ is given, taken and eaten in the Supper only in a heavenly and spiritual manner. The means by which the body of Christ is received and eaten in the Supper is faith.
The sacrament of the Lord's Supper was not instituted by Christ to be reserved, carried about, lifted up or worshipped.
Thought for the week
"Most of our society is constantly urging us to be aware of what we are, what we have achieved, or how far we have come. In contrast, Christian maturity has as its beginning an awareness of what we are not."
Senior Pastor of Parkside Church, Cleaveland
I look forward to seeing you soon.