The Inside Column 23/3

Posted in: The Inside Column- Mar 23, 2014 No Comments

Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all.
If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the service.

What is worship?
Do you know the word ‘worship’ actually comes from the Old English word “worth-scipe?” It means to give or declare something or someone’s worth, to give it the value that it is due. When we worship God we are responding to what he has done, is doing and what he will do in the future.

When we worship God we are recognising that God is: our Lord, our Saviour, our Master, our King and our Ruler. We also recognise our own status as creatures before the Creator. As we humble ourselves before God we also meet God as the beloved before our divine lover.

In Revelation 4 we are shown that our eternal calling is to lay down our crowns before God and to worship him. The Greek here actually indicates that this is a continuous action laying down our crowns and laying down ourselves, but for this to happen it means that God must be constantly raising us up and crowning us again.

When we worship, we glorify God, but we are also being restored to our rightful place, the way we were created. When we worship God we are made whole, fully human.   – Victoria

Thanks to everyone that came to the AGM last week. An AGM can sometimes be hard work, but there was a real sense of unity and excitement about the future of St Barnabas, and lots to be thankful for from the past year.

A big thank you to all the people that came to clean the Church last Saturday. It is amazing how much you can get done in a small amount of time with 20 people working together. Thanks to Anne for the muffins at morning tea time.

One of the matters that came up at the AGM was the church heating in winter time. One of the things we are looking at doing is putting a big curtain up in the old part of the Church, behind where the drums are. These could be pulled back when we don’t need them and would cut the space we are trying to heat by a third. I would like to get some feedback from you on this.  We are looking into how we might be able to keep the blower heaters on throughout the services as well.

Remember next week we are having a combined service starting with breakfast from 8.30 and then the service from 9.15 followed by a morning tea then the parish consultation meeting with David Hollingsworth.


God Bless



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